Yusuf Jatta, of Chapeltown, suffered multiple fatal injuries when he was hit by a Vauxhall Corsa being driven by Naza Ali outside the Reginald Centre on Chapeltown Road, Chapeltown, Wakefield Coroner’s Court heard.
The inquest heard Yusuf had been waiting at a pelican crossing with his mother Fatou Bojang and other family members when he ran into the road.
The group had been stood on a pedestrian refuge in the central reservation on Chapeltown Road at the junction with Reginald Terrace.
Corsa driver Naza Ali would only have had a second to react before the collision just before 5pm on Saturday April 29, the inquest was told.
Naza Ali told Yusuf’s parents in court that she is a mother-of-four, adding: “I’m really sorry.”
Yusuf’s father Lamin Jatta told her: “We forgive you and do not hold any grudges against you or your family.”
Naza Ali then embraced Yusuf’s mother as both women wept.
Fatou Bojang wrote in a statement read to the inquest: “He was a lovely son and loving brother to his brothers and sisters...we all miss him greatly.”
Police collision investigator Martin Ward said CCTV footage from a shop, a bus and an NHS centre, indicated Yusuf had run into the road and that the car was travelling at 27mph in a 30mph zone.
Mr Ward said the fact no-one else had left the pedestrian refuge led him to believe the lights were on green for vehicles.
Mr Ward said: “As the vehicle approached, the child entered the road into the path of the vehicle. The vehicle has struck the child approximately one second after.”
Recording a verdict that Yusuf died in a road traffic collision, senior coroner David Hinchliff, said: “According to CCTV evidence there was a second, that wouldn’t have given an opportunity to stop.”