AN ITALIAN prince who died after being hit by a lorry near Knightsbridge station was riding a "fixie" bike without a front brake, an inquest heard.
Fillipo Corsini, the 21-year-old heir to a Florentine noble family, was dragged 30 yards by a 50ft lorry across a box junction in October 2016 and died of "catastrophic injuries".
The International Business student at Regent's University was on his way to a class when he swerved to avoid a pedestrian island in the middle of the road.
Unable to stop or slow down, Mr Corsini drew close to a lorry waiting at the traffic lights and overtook the vehicle on the offside when the lights turned green and the lorry pulled away.
The bike was thrown under the HGV and Mr Corsini over the handlebars into the road, where he was run over, the inquest heard.
Mr Corsini was heard to cry out "help, help me" as members of the public raced to help him at Scotch Corner, where the fatal accident took place shortly after 12.30pm on 31 October.
Emergency services arrived within minutes but were unable to save the Italian national who went into cardiac arrest due to "massive internal bleeding".
The lorry was shown to be travelling slightly faster than Mr Corsini at around 16 to 20 mph as it accelerated after the green light, and hit the back of his bike.
Collision investigator PC David Keen said the lorry driver could not have behaved any differently to avoid the accident.
"I don't see how the driver could have behaved in a different way."
The inquest heard Mr Corsini had been travelling at around 10 to 16 mph on the bicycle as it overtook the lorry, which was faster than other cyclists on Boris bikes at the same junction of Sloane Square, Knightsbridge and Brompton Road
Lorry driver Thomas Dose said that he did not see Mr Corsini at any time.
He said: "I was devastated to hear about Mr Corsini's death and my heart goes out to his family and friends."
Mr Dose was stopped at the scene and arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving but he has been cleared of any charges against him.
Delivering her verdict, Senior Coroner Fiona Wilcox said Mr Corsini's bike was "against regulations" and that it was impossible for him to slow down in time.
She said: "This incident is sadly a one-off in this area of London.
"Mr Corsini for some reason known only to himself overtook the reasonably accelerating HGC, passed directly in front of him.
"Sadly Mr Dose was accelerating faster than Mr Corsini.
"There's no doubt this is a tragic death, what a waste of a young man."
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