Toll may rise as Jes­sica’s life sup­port turned off

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - – Vic­to­ria Craw

THE life sup­port of Home and Away ac­tress Jes­sica Falkholt has been turned off, after the hor­rific Boxing Day crash that killed three mem­bers of her fam­ily.

Syd­ney’s St Ge­orge Hos­pi­tal con­firmed yes­ter­day the 29-year-old’s sup­port was switched off on Thursday – the day after the fu­neral for her sis­ter Annabelle, 21, and par­ents Lars, 69, and Vi­vian, 60.

Jes­sica re­mained in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion yes­ter­day.

Fans and sup­port­ers be­gan to pay trib­ute to the much-loved ac­tress on­line.

Home and Away’s of­fi­cial Face­book page shared the news with the trib­ute: “Rest in peace beau­ti­ful Jess.”

Thou­sands of fans left com­ments at the “dev­as­tat­ing news” her life sup­port had been switched off.

Mean­while, the Daily Tele­graph re­vealed Craig Whi­tall, 50, the driver of the other car in­volved, who also died in the crash, had more than 60 traf­fic con­vic­tions to his name.

At least 10 were for driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied. He had been subject to a nine-year driv­ing ban and served jail time for driv­ing of­fences.

On P plates for only a year after get­ting his li­cence back, he was driv­ing home from a methadone clinic when his car col­lided with the fam­ily of four.

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 sup­ported methadone clin­ics across NSW.

The Falkholt par­ents were killed in the col­li­sion after a fam­ily Christ­mas at Ul­ladulla. The sis­ters were pulled from the wreck­age of the car by wit­nesses be­fore it burst into flames.

Annabelle was sent to Liver­pool Hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion but died three days later.

Jes­sica un­der­went sev­eral surg­eries, in­clud­ing the re­moval of a kid­ney and part of her skull, but re­mained in a coma at St Ge­orge Hos­pi­tal.

Whi­tall’s mother, Tr­ish, told Seven News she didn’t like hear­ing peo­ple speak badly about her son.

“The worst part is, he has grand­kids that can read, that are lis­ten­ing to it,” she said.


CRIT­I­CAL CON­DI­TION: Jes­sica Falkholt.

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