Italian Prince crushed outside Harvey Nicols in Knightsbridge


An Italian prince has been killed when he was dragged underneath a lorry while cycling to university.
Twenty-one-year-old Filippo Corsini was the heir to a Florentine noble family who was studying International Business at Regent’s University London.
He died when an HGV lorry is understood to have clipped his cycle before dragging him underneath its wheels.
The accident happened in front of horrified pedestrians and motorists outside exclusive department store Harvey Nichols close to Knightsbridge Underground Station.
Mr Corsini, a keen horse rider, was said to cycle to university every day “whatever the weather”.
He was a member of one of Florence’s oldest noble families, which can trace its roots back to the Middle Ages. The family includes Pope Clement XII, born Lorenzo Corsini, who was pope in the 18th century.
Fire officers, police and paramedics were called to the scene, and erected screens to stop people from being able to see the aftermath of accident.
A construction worker who was carrying out a job nearby witnessed the accident. He said he desperately tried to signal to the driver of the truck to stop but could not prevent the collision.
He said that Mr Corsini had been overtaking the truck, but because the lorry was German, the steering wheel was on the other side to British vehicles and the driver was unable to see him.
The lorry continued for around 30 yards across a junction before coming to a stop.
He said: “You can still see the skid marks on the road. My colleague rang the ambulance while I and some others directed traffic away from the scene. It was a horrible moment.”
Floral tributes are being left by friends of the popular student, and by fellow cyclists, at the spot where Mr Corsini lost his life.
Known as Filo to his friends, Mr Corsini was in the second year of his business degree and friends described him as someone who had a smile for everyone and who had an “amazing energy”.
A close friend said Mr Corsini was already making his way in the world of business by releasing his own Tuscan wine called Fico.
The woman, who has been friends with Mr Corsini since they were toddlers, said: “He loved cycling and he would cycle every day to university whatever the weather.He was a wonderful person and he always wanted to have some big plans for the future.”