A taxi driver who ran over and killed an 8-year-old boy Thursday afternoon was not talking on his cellphone at the time of the accident, police said yesterday.
Witnesses to the horrific accident in Harlem said they saw cabby Akim Saiful Alam chatting on his phone before and after the crash.
But after examining Alam’s phone records, investigators determined that no calls were in progress at the time, police said.
Family and friends of the slain boy, Axel Pablo, said it made no difference to them whether or not the driver was on the phone.
“God only knows why these things happen,” said Monica Rodriguez, 24, a friend of the family. “We are not vengeful — we are more sad than vengeful or mad.”
Alam, 44, was questioned by cops for allegedly trying to leave the scene of the accident, but police concluded no crimes were committed.
As a result, the Taxi and Limousine Commission is not issuing fines or penalties on Alam’s hack license, officials said.
By EBONY S. CLARK and JEREMY OLSHAN