An inquest into the tragic death of Bradford schoolboy Tayyab Akram opened yesterday.
The well-loved youngster was knocked down by a vehicle on Wakefield Road in Bowling, Bradford on the evening of 13 October. He was quickly taken to Leeds General Infirmary but despite treatment, he died on the evening of 19 October.
The inquest into his death was opened at Bradford Coroners’ Court by coroner Katy Dickinson.
The inquest heard that Tayyab was hit by a Mercedes Sprinter Van on Wakefield Road.
Tayyab’s funeral was held last Thursday, 21 October, with hundreds of people from across the district in attendance.
Tayyab, who is from East Bowling, was in his final year of primary school at Bradford Academy. The principal of the school, Tehmina Hashmi, described the young lad as a “fun-loving, popular, and funny young man who will be greatly missed by all”.
The statement said: “We contacted you last week to inform you that one of our children had been in an accident. We received the sad news last night that Tayyab Akram in year 6 has sadly passed away.
“Tayyab was a fun-loving, popular and funny young man who will be greatly missed by all of our school and the wider community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
“Our memorial garden will be open over the next few days should you wish to reflect or pay tribute and staff will be available.
We are aware that this can be a very difficult thing for children and young people to understand and we will be addressing this once the learners return to school on the 1 1 November but in the meantime, there are resources available at the following websites should you require additional support.”
The latest information from West Yorkshire Police said that the 48-year-old man driver of the van from Bradford has been spoken to by officers, but with no arrests made.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Fiona Allan, said last week: “We are supporting Tayyab’s family, who are understandably very upset at the sudden loss of their child.
“We are also keen to speak with anyone who saw the collision, or who saw the movements of either the white Mercedes Sprinter van or the victim immediately prior to it.”
“Our initial enquiries into the collision suggest the area was busy with traffic at the time, so we believe people will have witnessed what happened.”
West Yorkshire Police has been contacted for an update but Asian Standard has not received a response yet.
The inquest into Tayyab’s death is expected to conclude in February next year.
Anyone with information that will assist the investigation is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101 or via the West Yorkshire Police website, quoting log reference 1490 of 13 October.