Wednesday 15 August, 2018

Italian prince killed by lorry while cycling in London

A cyclist who was horribly crushed and dragged by a lorry in London, UK, has been identified Filippo Corsini, heir to a noble Italian family.

Corsini, who was pursuing a degree in International Business, was cycling to Regent’s University in London when he was hit by a lorry near Knightsbridge tube station on Monday.

The 21-year-old was dragged under the lorry for 30 yards across a box junctions and later died of his injuries.

He was the reportedly the eighth cyclist to die on London’s roads this year.

He was pronounced dead at the scene just over half an hour later. 

The Corsini family is one of Florence’s oldest, whose lineage goes all the way back to the Middle Ages.

Their family tree includes Pope Clemente XII, who ruled from 1730 to 1740, founding Rome’s Capitoline Museums and commissioning the Trevi Fountain.

Around a dozen Regent’s University students arrived at the scene today at around 11am to lay flowers and tributes to Mr Corsini.

One eyewitness related how the young man died in front of him, saying more should be done to protect the lives of cyclists.

The incident comes as campaigners urged London mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday to bring forward plans to ban dangerous lorries from the city's streets. 

More than 100 cyclists staged a “die-in” protest on Monday night at the Battersea junction where another woman was killed last Monday.

Police said the lorry driver, a 42-year-old man, stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of death by careless driving.

Last month the Mayor of London announced plans to introduce a 0-5 “star rating “ for HGV safety, with the aim of banning the most dangerous lorries from the capital by 2020.