Andreea Cristea: Romanian tourist who plunged into Thames during Westminster terror attack dies

Romanian tourist knocked over Westminster Bridge during terror attack dies in hospital

Cristea, pictured here with her boyfriend, has died from her injuries (Credit: Twitter @darshnasoni)

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Romanian tourist who was knocked over Westminster Bridge and into the Thames during the London terror attack has died in hospital. 

Andreea Cristea was hit as Khalid Masood conducted his murderous rampage on the bridge.

Video footage circulating after the attack showed the moment the 31-year-old fell into the river as the car Masood drove ploughed into pedestrians on the bridge. 

Cristea had been in London with her boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, who suffered a broken foot in the attack. He had been planning to propose later in the afternoon.

Life support for the 31-year-old was withdrawn on Thursday evening, and her family released a joint statement with Burnaz which called her a "shining ray of light."

The statement read: "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.

"There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts."

They expressed their gratitude for the support they had received from the British public, the Metropolitan Police, and other bodies involved, and said funds raised for Cristea would now go to charity. 

American man Kurt Cochran, Aysha Frade, Leslie Rhodes, and PC Keith Palmer also died in the attack two weeks ago, bringing the total of civilian deaths in the incident to five. 

Masood was shot dead after attacking PC Palmer. Isis claimed responsibility for the attack.