Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt's life support switched off
Jan 12 2018
Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt's life support has been turned off after she was critically injured in a horror crash.
The 4WD driver, Ulladulla man Craig Anthony Whitall, 51, was also killed.
Whitehall was reportedly driving home from a methadone clinic at the time of the crash, which allegedly saw him veer into the other lane and hit the Falkholt family.
Her parents were killed in the Boxing Day crash in New South Wales, which also left her sister with fatal injuries.
Earlier in the week, hundreds of mourners had attended the funeral service of Jessica's mother Vivian, 60, father Lars, 69 and sister Annabelle, 21, at Saint Mary's Church in Concord, Sydney.
Jessica's extended family had kept a bedside vigil in the Intensive Care Unit at St George Hospital where she was in a medically induced coma. "Small comfort that Jess never knew what happened to her family #RIP".
Home and Away posted a message on social media yesterday, saying "Rest in peace, handsome Jessica Falkholt".
"We made sure Jess wasn't alone and her friends were able to be there with her, ' a relative of Jessica's told Daily Mail Australia". She passed away surrounded by loved ones who have refused to leave her side since the devastating incident.
Both Jessica and Annabelle were pulled from the burning wreckage and taken to hospitals.
Lars, Vivian, Annabelle and Jessica Falkholt.
Home And Away actress Jessica Falkholt is said to still be in a critical condition despite being taken off life support.
Vivian's younger brother Paul Ponticello thanked the members of the public who ran to help pull the sisters out from the auto. Their lives on this earth ending on a highway makes absolutely no sense, ' he said.
The Daily Telegraph reports Whitall had more than 60 convictions and been jailed for driving while disqualified but was still behind the wheel.
The family's vehicle was hit by a four-wheel-drive that crossed on to the wrong side of the Princes Highway near Ulladalla, on the NSW south coast, about 10.45am December 26.
The 29 year old Home and Away star found fame as Hope Morrison in the long-running soap that has created the opportunity for her to be a part of her first feature film, a supernatural thriller, Harmony.