The life support of Home And Away actor Jessica Falkholt has been turned off following a Boxing Day crash that tragically killed three members of her family.
29-year-old Jessica had her life support switched off one day after the funeral for her sister Annabelle, 21, and parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60.
According to The Courier Mail, the driver of the other car involved who also died in the crash, Craig Whitall, 50, had at least ten convictions for driving while disqualified.
The sisters’ bodies were pulled from the wreckage car by witnesses before it burst into flames and Annabelle was sent to Liverpool hospital, Sydney, in a critical condition, sadly passing away three days later.
Jessica had undergone several surgeries including having a kidney and part of her skull removed, but remained in a coma at St George hospital.
Vivian’s younger brother Paul Ponticello thanked the members of the public who ran to help pull the sisters out from the car.
At an emotional ceremony he said:
[It’s] a day that will be difficult to erase from our memory I always thought we would grow old together.
They are together and always will be… You will always be remembered and in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace.
The Daily Telegraph reports Whitall had more than 60 convictions and had been jailed for driving while disqualified but was still behind the wheel. His family have mourned the loss of their ‘awesome father’.
Police would not comment on the specific case, but said people should not drive under the influence.
An NSW Health spokeswoman said the department had comprehensive clinical guidelines for patients participating in opioid treatment.