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Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt's life support turned off after crash

12 January 2018
Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt's life support turned off after crash

Life support of the Home and Away actress who's been clinging to life since losing her entire family in a Boxing Day auto crash has now been switched off. The driver of the 4WD, Craig Anthony Whitall, 51, also died at the scene.

It was revealed overnight that the man at the centre of the Boxing Day horror crash which killed four people, including himself, was allowed back behind a wheel. Bystanders managed to pull Jessica and Annabelle from the crash before the vehicle burst into flames, but Annabelle died three days later in Liverpool Hospital.

According to the Daily Mail, Jessica's heartbroken family had kept a bedside vigil in the Intensive Care Unit at St George Hospital where Jessica had been in a medically induced coma.

"She was incredible to work with, very passionate, 1,000 per cent with every take", Corey Pearson said.

There are mixed reports about whether the actress has passed away, with The Home and Away Facebook page sharing a simple heartfelt update last night, "Rest in peace attractive Jess".

In the aftermath of the crash, the director of soon-to-be released Australian film Harmony, in which Falkholt has the starring role, described her as an incredible actress who was "on her way to stardom".

Our thoughts are with the Falkholt's family and friends at this hard time.

So it was "ironic" a fiery crash had claimed the life of the 69-year-old, his wife Vivian, 60, and 21-year-old Annabelle, his brother-in-law said.

Jessica and Annabelle were pulled from the wreckage by motorists who stopped to help.

Vivian's younger brother Paul Ponticello thanked the members of the public who ran to help pull the sisters out from the vehicle.

Lars, Vivian, Annabelle and Jessica Falkholt. He also spoke of his anger and confusion over his family members' tragic ends, saying that "their lives on this earth ending on a highway makes absolutely no sense".

Paul said he always imagined he and his sister Vivian would grow old together.

"Lars, Vivian and Annabelle will be deeply missed by Vivian's brother Paul Ponticello, his children Paul and Natalie, along with many relatives and friends both near and far", the notice read.

Methadone is commonly taken as a replacement for heroin and other opioids as part of treatment for drug dependency, with users often travelling to government-run methadone clinics across the state.

The crash occurred near Sussex Inlet on the NSW coast.