Andreaa Cristea, Architect, Romania, Westminster attacks

Romanian architect fell into river during London attacks

A woman who plunged into London’s River Thames during the Westminster attacks has been named as 29-year-old architect Andreea Cristea, from Romania.

It is not known whether she was thrown into the water by the impact of the crash or jumped to avoid the attacker’s vehicle.

Cristea is alive, but in hospital with her condition described as serious.

Paul Ciocoiu, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Romania, confirmed her identity.

Cristea was on holiday with her fiancé Andrei Burnaz who sustained a broken leg and three broken fingers during the attack.

Eyewitness Steve Voake, 55, was walking across the Westminster Bridge towards the South Bank when he saw the aftermath. He said that he had seen a person in the water, as well as at least two bodies lying on the road and one in the water.

“I saw a trainer lying in the road and when I looked more closely I saw that there were a couple of bodies the other side of the road,” he said.

“And when I looked over the side there was another body lying in the water with blood all around it.”

Three people, including a police officer, were victims of the attacker who was also killed.

A total of 29 others were treated in hospital, seven of whom are still in a critical condition.

The incident started when the assailant drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two people, before crashing it outside parliament and trying to enter the building, armed with a knife.

He then stabbed an unarmed police officer, named as PC Keith Palmer, 48, who later died, before armed police shot him.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the attacker was British-born and had been investigated “some years ago” by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism.

Police have made eight arrest in connection with the incident.