'Home and Away' Actress Jess Falkholt Passes Away


The Daily Telegraph report that Jessica's life support was turned off earlier today [11 January], with the publication also claiming that 50-year-old Craig Whitall, the driver of the other auto involved in the accident, had previously been subject to a nine-year driving ban and had as many as 10 convictions for driving while disqualified.

Ms Falkholt and her sister Annabelle were pulled from the crash, as the vehicles went up in flames, but her parents died in the burning auto, along with the 4WD's driver.

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt's life support has been turned off after she was critically injured in a horror crash. Annabelle, 21, passed away three days after the accident.

The 28-year-old's father Lars, 69, mother Vivian, 60, and sister Annabelle, 21, were all farewelled in a joint service in front of hundreds of mourners on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, back at the hospital where Jessica was still in coma, friends and family surrounded Jessica from her hospital bed during and after the funeral, saying it was important she had support. No decision is made without Jessica's wants in mind.

'We're not going to know much about Jessica's real condition for a while, ' a relative told Daily Mail Australia in December.

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Our thoughts go out to all their friends and family.

Paul Ponticello, Vivian's brother, gave a eulogy at the funeral. "Whenever asking how long it would take to drive somewhere I would suggest an average for a normal driver and then add some additional time for the Lars factor". "Their lives ending on a highway makes absolutely no sense", he said, reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

He also spoke about the love between his sister and brother-in-law: "They are together and always will be".

Whitall was driving home from a methadone clinic when his Toyota SUV allegedly crossed into the path of the vehicle carrying the Falkholts.

Officers could not confirm if Whitall, who also died at the scene, had been using his mobile phone at the time of the crash, according to the Daily Telegraph.