Weeks After UK Attack, 31-Year-Old Victim Dies

5th victim Andreea Cristea ended up in Thames after car plowed into pedestrians
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2017 9:05 AM CDT
Weeks After UK Attack, 31-Year-Old Victim Dies
Image released through the Metropolitan Police on Friday of Andreea Cristea, 31, who was knocked into the Thames from Westminster Bridge during the London terror attack last month. She is now the fifth victim to die.   (Metropolitan Police via AP)

The victim death toll from the London terror attack last month is now at five after a woman pulled from the Thames was taken off life support Thursday and died, the New York Times reports. Andreea Cristea, a 31-year-old architect from Romania, had been on the Westminster Bridge on March 22 when Khalid Masood rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians. The Times says it still hasn't been determined whether the force of Masood's car sent Cristea into the river or if she jumped in to get out of the way, though the BBC quotes the Romanian ambassador to the UK as saying it appears Masood's car hit Cristea's boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, before slamming into Cristea and sending her over the edge of the bridge.

Cristea and Burnaz had been in London to celebrate Burnaz's birthday, and Burnaz, who suffered a broken foot in the attack, had an even bigger surprise planned: He intended to ask Cristea to marry him the same day as the attack. He joined her family in issuing a statement that described the "crushing pain and emptiness" now that Cristea has passed, noting she was "cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way." They also added any leftover money people had donated to help fund her medical care would now go to charity. London's mayor paid tribute to Cristea on Twitter, saying he was "deeply saddened" to hear she had died. "Londoners hold her & her loved ones in our thoughts today," tweeted Sadiq Khan early Friday. (More London terror attack stories.)

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