A Romanian woman who fell into the River Thames during last month’s London terror attack has died, London police said Friday.
Andreea Cristea, a 31-year-old architect who was visiting London with her boyfriend, was knocked off the Westminster Bridge when attacker Khalid Masood drove his rental car into a crowd of tourists.
Cristea was alive when first responders pulled her out of the water and rushed her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a blood clot in the brain. She passed away on Thursday afternoon, two weeks after the attack, when family members made the decision to withdraw life support.
“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,” Cristea’s family said in the statement.
Family members called Cristea a “shining ray of light” and promised to give the money donated for her recovery to charity because “she would not have it any other way.”
Cristea’s boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, suffered a broken foot in the attack and has been released from the hospital, officials said.
The number of victims killed in the March 22 attack is now five. Masood was shot dead by police officers at the scene.
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