Home And Away Actress Jessica Falkholt Has Life Support Switched Off

Jessica Falkholt has had her life support switched off by her devastated family weeks after the Boxing Day crash that claimed the lives of her parents and sister.

The 28-year-old Home and Away actress’ family made the decision on Thursday evening, just one day after the funeral of father Lars, mother Vivian and sibling Annabelle.

Parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60, died at the crash scene on the Princes Highway near Sussex Inlet, south of Sydney.

Annabelle, 21, was flown to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition, where she died as a result of her injuries on December 29.

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.

They previously told Daily Mail Australia an operation on her brain ‘went well’ and they were waiting for the results of the surgery.

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Jessica Falkholt has had her life support switched off by her devastated family weeks after the Boxing Day crash that claimed the lives of her parents and sister

Jessica Falkholt car crash

The 28-year-old Home and Away actress’ family made the decision on Thursday evening, just one day after the funeral of father Lars, mother Vivian and sibling Annabelle

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Jessica (far right) and her sister Annabelle (centre right) were pulled from the wreckage after their car collided with a 4WD near Ulladulla on December 26. Parents Lars and Vivian (far left and centre left) died at the scene

Lars, Vivian and Annabelle were remembered by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary’s Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney’s west on Wednesday.

Jordan Brohier, the shattered boyfriend of Annabelle, led pallbearers as they carried the 21-year-old’s white coffin out of the church.

Dressed in a black suit and tie, he buried his face in his hands and was comforted by friends after helping load the casket into a hearse ready to be taken away for burial.

Jessica and Anabelle’s uncle Paul Ponticello told a packed funeral service at the church in Sydney’s inner-west that Christmas would forever haunt their family.

‘It is a day that will be difficult to erase from our memory,’ he said.

‘Their lives on this earth ending on a highway makes absolutely no sense.’

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Lars, Vivian and Annabelle were remembered by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary’s Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney’s west on Wednesday

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Jordan Brohier (pictured), the shattered boyfriend of Annabelle Falkholt whose sister is Home and Away star Jessica, has joined hundreds of mourners to farewell her and her parents

Jessica Falkholt car crash

They were remembered by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary’s Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney’s west on Wednesday

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Friends and family stand with wreaths and photos of the deceased trio as the coffins left St Mary’s Catholic Church in Sydney’s inner west after the service

Mr. Ponticello also thanked the ‘saviors’ who risked their lives to pull Annabelle and Jessica from the inferno.

He said Mr. Falkholt had always been a careful driver and he would often joke about having to add on time to any trip, which he called the ‘Lars factor’.

‘The irony of this tragedy is Lars was such a careful driver,’ Mr. Ponticello said.

‘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. We always had a good laugh.

‘They are together and always will be… You will always be remembered and in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace.’

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Numerous photos were included in funeral materials handed out to mourners

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Photos detailed the couple’s two daughters growing up including a picture of the family dog

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Others included the Falkholt’s wedding photos and portraits from when they were young

Jessica Falkholt car crash

One of the Falkholt daughters is seen smiling with curly blonde hair in school photos, alongside many others from their childhood

Jessica Falkholt car crash

More photos from the family’s home life shows the daughters growing up, celebrating their birthdays and attending school formals

Close friends stayed with the rising TV star during the funeral, holding a bedside vigil as she remained in a coma in St George Hospital, Sydney, after the Boxing Day crash.

A relative of the Falkholt family told Daily Mail Australia they had made it a priority for the constant support Jessica has received since the accident to continue during the time of the funeral.

‘We made sure Jess wasn’t alone and her friends were able to be there with her,’ a relative told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Everything we have done and every decision we have made has been done with the advice of doctors and social workers. No decision is made without Jessica’s wants in mind.

‘Jess was a very private girl and while we’re thankful for public thoughts and interest, we are just trying to honor what she’d want.’

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Tragically, Jessica’s family made the decision to switch off her life support on Thursday evening

Jessica Falkholt car crash

The girls were dragged from the fiery wreckage of the crash by brave witnesses. Their parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60, along with the driver of the other car Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, died in the accident. Pictured: The horrific crash scene

Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, a serial driving offender who was behind the wheel of the other vehicle, was also killed in the crash.

Whitall, a P-plater, was reportedly driving home from a methadone clinic when the collision occurred.

Whitall was a known drug user and had been jailed for driving offenses.

It has been revealed Whitall – who also died in the fiery crash – had served four jail sentences for traffic offenses, was banned for driving for nine years and had at least 10 convictions for driving while disqualified, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Jessica Falkholt car crash

The heartbroken family of the actress (pictured) had kept a bedside vigil since the crash

The coronial investigation into the crash will focus on whether Mr. Whitall was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

Craig Whitall claimed a disability pension and used 28 aliases to avoid police, and he drove a car every day after he was caught breaking the law.

His 26-year-old son Shane appeared in court on Thursday charged with dangerous and recklessly driving an uninsured Toyota Camry in Ulladulla in September.

Four of Craig Whitall’s convictions for driving without a license came in the same month.

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Doctors reportedly told the family it could be weeks or even months before doctors – who removed part of Jessica’s skull and kidney – knew how severe the damage to her brain was (crash scene pictured)

Jessica Falkholt car crash

Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, a serial driving offender who was behind the wheel of the other vehicle, was also killed in the crash

Witnesses told police they saw Whitall’s Prado swerving on the opposite side of the road moments before the crash.

He was driving on P-plates at the time after getting his license back a year earlier.

He had been banned from driving from July 2004 to July 2013.

Whitall was jailed for nine months for driving while disqualified in August 2004.

‘He was an awesome father, the best. I couldn’t ask for anything more of him,’ his son Shane told Seven News.

‘He did what he could and that’s all you can ask of anyone. He was my hero in my eyes, he was my idol.’

Another family member described the reaction to the fatal crash as ‘very hurtful’ and said Mr. Whitall liked his privacy.

‘It’s very hurtful for me to think they’re talking about Craig like that, he was very private and didn’t like people talking about him,’ the woman said.

‘He’s got grand-kids that are listening to it.’

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