7 Apr 2017

Westminster Bridge attack victim Andreea Cristea dies

8:39 pm on 7 April 2017

A woman injured in the 22 March on Westminster in London has died, taking the death toll from the terror attack to six - including the attacker.

Emergency services on Westminster Bridge.

Emergency services on Westminster Bridge after the attack. Photo: AFP

Andreea Cristea fell into the River Thames during the attack, in which Khalid Masood drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge then stabbed a policeman to death, before he was shot dead.

Ms Cristea was a Romanian national who was on holiday with boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz.

She fell from Westminster Bridge into the river after being driven at by Khalid Masood.

She had been in hospital since the attack. Her family said in a statement she died on Thursday.

The statement said: "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.

"She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts."

The family said they would now like money donated for Ms Cristea's recovery to be donated to charity.

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

"Our family, together with Andrei, are deeply touched and eternally grateful for the unimaginable efforts and never-ending dedication provided to her and us by the entire medical personnel of each and every hospital involved.

"Their kindness and empathy are beyond compare."

Flowers are laid on Westminster bridge in London on March 25, 2017 in tribute to the victims of the London Parliament attack that took place on March 22.

Flowers on Westminster Bridge in tribute to the victims of the Parliament attack. Photo: AFP

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