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Italian aristocrat dies in London bicycle accident

  • Floral tributes placed at the scene where Italian Prince Filippo Corsini was killed on his bicycle outside Knightsbridge underground station, in London, Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016.  Heir to one of Florence’s oldest and most illustrious families, Filippo Corsini, 21, was hit by a truck outside luxury department store Harvey Nichols Monday and died of his injuries.  (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

    Floral tributes placed at the scene where Italian Prince Filippo Corsini was killed on his bicycle outside Knightsbridge underground station, in London, Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016. Heir to one of Florence’s oldest and most illustrious families, Filippo Corsini, 21, was hit by a truck outside luxury department store Harvey Nichols Monday and died of his injuries. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  (The Associated Press)

  • Floral tributes placed at the scene where Italian Prince Filippo Corsini was killed on his bicycle outside Knightsbridge underground station, in London, Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016.  Heir to one of Florence’s oldest and most illustrious families, Filippo Corsini, 21, was hit by a truck outside luxury department store Harvey Nichols Monday and died of his injuries. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

    Floral tributes placed at the scene where Italian Prince Filippo Corsini was killed on his bicycle outside Knightsbridge underground station, in London, Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016. Heir to one of Florence’s oldest and most illustrious families, Filippo Corsini, 21, was hit by a truck outside luxury department store Harvey Nichols Monday and died of his injuries. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  (The Associated Press)

  • Floral tributes placed at the scene where Italian Prince Filippo Corsini was killed on his bicycle outside Knightsbridge underground station, in London, Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016.  Heir to one of Florence’s oldest and most illustrious families, Filippo Corsini, 21, was hit by a truck outside luxury department store Harvey Nichols Monday and died of his injuries.  (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

    Floral tributes placed at the scene where Italian Prince Filippo Corsini was killed on his bicycle outside Knightsbridge underground station, in London, Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016. Heir to one of Florence’s oldest and most illustrious families, Filippo Corsini, 21, was hit by a truck outside luxury department store Harvey Nichols Monday and died of his injuries. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  (The Associated Press)

An Italian aristocrat has died after he collided with a truck while riding his bicycle in central London.

The family of 21-year-old Filippo Corisini confirmed his death after Monday's accident.

The accident took place near a London department store at 12:40 p.m. Police say the driver stopped at the scene and that a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

The Corsinis trace their roots to the Florence area as far back as the 1100s. According to their family website, they were initially merchants and bankers and then held positions in politics and the clergy, including Pope Clement XII in 1730. Some were granted titles of nobility.

Corsini's aunt, Sabina, says he was the "connection between his heritage and his future."