An Italian Prince, Filippo Corsini, died on Monday after he was struck by a lorry as he cycled on a busy London road.
The 21-year-old was on his way to university when a lorry collided with his bike and dragged him 30 yards across a box junction in Knightsbridge. The lorry was being driven by a 42-year-old man who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
The Prince suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ and was pronounced dead at the scene. Dean Shami witnessed the aftermath of the accident as he was exiting a tube station.
He told The Standard: “The man died in front of me. His body had been crushed underneath the third wheel of the truck. It was harrowing.
“A window cleaner from Harvey Nichols and a man in a leather jacket rushed to help him.
“They were pressing on his chest, and he made one last gasp which gave us a glimmer of hope, but no one could have survived that.
“The driver had stopped and was frantically making phone calls in a panic, you could tell he didn’t know what to do, he was shaking and visibly distressed.
“Seeing this has totally changed my perspective. More needs to be done to protect cyclists in London these huge trucks shouldn’t be driving in such a congested area. How many more families need to suffer? If that were my son or my brother I would be absolutely livid.”
This is the second cyclist fatality this week on London’s roads, and the eighth one this year. ,
Prince Corsini was a student at Regent’s University London working on his BA in International Business. He is survived by his parents and two younger sisters. Earlier on Tuesday, a dozen Regent’s University students paid tribute to their fellow student at the scene of the accident.
Friends remembered the keen equestrian with fondness. One fellow sportsman wrote on Facebook: “With your smile, with the laughter you gave us and the great undertakings you accomplished with your beloved Claretta Bella, we will never forget you. Bye, Prince. RIP.”
Another friend said of his death: “I cannot believe it, he was a wonderful boy. I think about his mother Clotilde, his grandfather Paolo and all the other relatives whom I don’t know. I hug them all, with huge sadness.”
Another classmate remembered his energy: “He was a good guy. I sat next to him in class, and I’d see him rushing in with his bags every day. He was a very nice guy, very hard working. He was studying global management. Everyone was shocked when we got the message last night.”