A 21-year-old cyclist who died after colliding with a heavy goods vehicle in London on Monday has been named as Filippo Corsini, heir to an Italian noble family.
Corsini died of his injuries after being run over by an articulated lorry in Knightsbridge as he cycled to Regent’s University London at around 12.40pm on Monday.
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Emergency services, including an air ambulance, attended swiftly but Corsini was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.15pm. According to the Evening Standard, witnesses reported seeing Corsini being dragged under the wheels of the vehicle across a junction.
Corsini’s family are from Florence, and can be traced back to Pope Clement XII, who was in position from 1730-1740.
Metropolitan Police report that the 42-year-old driver of the lorry was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, taken in for questioning, and was later released on bail.
Detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Anyone with information can contact them by telephoning 0208 543 5157 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Corsini’s death brings the tally of cyclists who have died on London’s roads this year to eight. Italian Lucia Ciccioli died last Monday after she collided with a lorry while cycling in the capital.
Around a hundred cyclists staged a ‘die in’ protest on Monday night at the spot where Ciccioli died in Battersea.
Urgent calls are now being made for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to bring forward plans to ban dangerous lorries from London’s streets.