An Italian prince was crushed to death by a lorry while riding a customised ‘fixie’ cycle with no front brakes in London, an inquest heard. Filippo Corsini, 21, who was an heir to a Florentine noble family, died after being run over by a lorry delivering equipment to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.
He was on his way to Regent’s University where he was studying International Business, the hearing was told.
Mr Corsini was riding a customised fixed gear bike which had no front brake, which illegal in the roads in the UK.
Westminster Coroner’s Court heard he was hit just before 12.40pm, on October 31, 2016, after he had overtaken the huge lorry, driven by German national Thomas Dose.
The inquest heard Mr Corsini, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, overtook on the offside of the left-hand drive lorry – which meant Mr Dose would not have been able to see him.
Shortly after overtaking the HGV, the cyclist then pulled in front of the lorry, which was accelerating faster than him.
The lorry hit the bike and he went over the handle bars and landed in the road before the truck ran over him, causing “catastrophic injuries”.
Mr Dose stopped and had to reverse his vehicle to allow the injured cyclist to be freed.
He was treated by paramedics and a doctor from the London Air Ambulance, but was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr Corsini is survived by his parents, Duccio and Clotilde, as well as two younger sisters, but none were in court for the inquest.
Culled from Mirror Online