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Italian Prince dies after being dragged under wheels of a lorry whilst cycling in London

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.”

  • Mr. Christian

    God bless him. His life ended far too soon. I hope there is a service for him at his University, as well as with his family and friends in Italy.

  • Elizabeth Pease

    Tragic. Maybe this will open other drivers’ eyes to slow down in congested areas where cars, bikes, trucks and sometimes pedestrians are all mixed in the jumble of every day driving.

  • Kathleen Ames

    I am so sorry for this family. But it just keeps proving the point that cyclists take too many risks. I am a car driver and they terrify me, Creeping up on your inside, dashing across junctions. Don’t know these circumstances but not in favour of more cyclists.

    • ebbe

      Ah, so you already know who was to blame?

      • Kathleen Ames

        No not at all. Read what I have written. As a driver I know the unbelievable risks many, many, cyclists take putting others at risk in the process. AND in every case it is the driver who is held responsible while investigations take place;

        • ebbe

          As a cyclist I know the insane risks drivers of cars, busses and lorries take on a daily, basis putting their own lives, and those of pedestrians and cyclists in danger. I know this because I get clipped, pushed off the road, shouted at, threatened, bumped into, etc almost daily by drivers who are on the phone, who are not paying attention, who just think they own the road, or who have had a fight with their husband/wife in the morning. And I live in the safest cycling country in the world, the UK would be much worse… These drivers just do not seem to realise they are driving a lethal weapon literally weighing a tonne, capable of killing people easily.

          Even so, I do not presume to know who is responsible here. Neither should you. Presumed liability does not exist in the UK, and surely a driver who is not at fault at all will not get arested. Of course the police will separate them from the scene and take their details, but I’ve never heard of an actual arrest in a case where the driver was not at fault. And I live in a country that does have presumed liability for drivers

          • Kathleen Ames

            My goodness, what an angry response. It’s quite obvious in your case who goes out angry and is not paying attention! I have presumed nothing so I have no idea where you and your anger are coming from. I can only speak from my daily experience with cyclists on the road as presumably do you. Judge not less you be judged.

          • ebbe

            I describe what happens to cyclists daily to naunce your initial rant. You feel the need to use the death of this good man as a vehicle to vent your own frustrations. This is frankly quite sickening. You also assume this good man was at fault which (in your words, not mine) “proves” cyclists take crazy risks. It does not even enter your mind that the driver of the lorry might have been at fault. Your only thought is to blame the victim, because you have something against cyclist… And then you call me angry? My oh my, such stupidity is rarely seen

            Answer one question : Is it at all possible the lorry driver is at fault? If the answer is yes (which it obviously is), how does that “prove” (your words) anything about cyclists?

    • Kathleen Ames

      Another angry rant! There was no rant whatever, nothing but sympathy in my original post. It is you who has turned it into an angry rant. As I have said, as a driver, myself and others are put at risk on a daily basis by cyclists coming up on my inside, even when I am indicating a left turn; by jumping red lights, in fact totally ignoring lights. I could go on an on. Take a. tranquiliser and chill out before you get back on your bike because you are dangerous in words let alone on the road. You talk about deciding who is guilty but in every case – usually proved to be wrong – the driver is held at fault no matter what the cyclist did. Don’t bother replying – story over and you are not rational!

  • Reinaldo Martinez

    Redesign, redesign, redesign a city which was badly distorted to lodge cars, and many cars, and hundreds of thousands cars. London needs a pedestrian traffic plan. And I wish I had the chance to lend a hand in there. A Prince life is lost due to neglectfull attention to hazards and infatuation with cars.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    So no details about how this man was actually a “Prince”? Italy is a democracy and no longer has a royal family.

    • Eljay

      Yes, Italy is a democracy. It also has a Royal Family. (Although no longer a reigning royal family). Most of the world’s monarchies are democracies, very few are not. Most of the world’s totalitarian dictatorships are republics.
      I do wish people would stop using the words ‘democracy’ and ‘republic’ as synonyms. The two concepts are not even related.

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