The 33-year-old male was hit by the car shortly before 8pm on Thursday, November 3

Just days after an Italian prince was killed cycling in London, a 33-year-old male cyclist is fighting for his life after being hit by a car in Hackney on Thursday night.

The unnamed cyclist collided with a car in Pritchard’s Road at the junction with Whiston Road in the Haggerston area of East London before 8pm. He was left with a head injury and the driver of the car has not been arrested.

A local woman told the Hackney Gazette: “I walked to the shop last night and the guy said they had stripped all his clothes off and they were working on him in the road.

“He said his whole face was destroyed, and there was blood everywhere. When I walked past just now it made me go cold. It made my whole body shiver and tremble.”

There are concerns that the junction where the incident took place is putting cyclists at risk. “I think they need to do something because it’s getting drastic. It’s dangerous. I think the junction is too open,” the woman added.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information, or who may have seen the accident, to contact the serious collision investigation unit at Chadwell Heath on 0208 597 4874 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.