LONDON — A 31-year-old woman who fell into the during the London terrorist attack has died, London police said Friday.
Andreea Cristea and her boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, were crossing Westminster Bridge on March 22 when the British attacker Khalid Masood plowed his rental car through a throng of pedestrians.
Her death brings the number of victims who died as a result of the attack to five. Masood was fatally shot by officers outside the Houses of Parliament.
Cristea, an architect from Romania, fell into the river during the deadly rampage, in which Masood’s vehicle mounted the sidewalk and reached speeds of 76 mph. She was pulled out of the river alive and taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a blood clot in the brain. She died Thursday afternoon after her life support was withdrawn.
Her boyfriend, who has a broken foot, has been released from the hospital. The Romanian couple were in London celebrating Burnaz’s birthday. He had been planning to propose to Cristea on the day of the attack.
In a statement released Friday, her family and Burnaz described Cristea as a “shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.”
“After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea — wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine — was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way,” they said in the statement, released by the London Metropolitan Police.
They said that the money raised for her recovery would be donated to charity: “She would not have it any other way.”
Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear of the death of Andreea Cristea. Londoners hold her & her loved ones in our thoughts today.”
Video footage taken during the attack showed Cristea falling from Westminster Bridge.
Utah resident Kurt Cochran, 54, and Londoners Aysha Frade, 44, and Leslie Rhodes, 75, died after being struck on the bridge. Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old police officer, was fatally stabbed inside the gates of Parliament.