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Jessica Falkholt's life support turned off the day after her family's funerals

Jessica Falkholt's life support turned off the day after her family's funerals

The 29-year-old and her family were fatalities of a horror auto crash on the New South Wales south coast on St Stephen's Day. Annabelle died three days later, while Jessica remained in a coma at St. George hospital.

Jessica, 29, had her life support switched off on Thursday as devastated family members have kept a bedside vigil at St George Hospital in the hope that she could be brought out of her medically induced coma.

Vivian and Lars were tragically killed instantly in the crash, while Jessica and Annabelle were pulled form the auto by bystanders.

"Rest in peace, lovely Jessica Falkholt", a tweet on the "Home and Away" Twitter page reads.

Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, a serial driving offender who was behind the wheel of the other vehicle, was also killed in the crash. Multiple surgeries were performed to save her life, including removing a kidney and part of her skull. Her parents died on the scene of the crash while she and her sister were airlifted to the hospital.




Home and Away, on which she had her break-out role, tweeted: "Rest in peace, handsome Jessica Falkholt", with a link to a news story about her life support being turned off. "I just keep hoping that I'll wake up from this bad nightmare and see her gorgeous eyes looking back at me". The Daily Telegraph reports that Whitall had many previous driving infractions, including a nine-year ban and had at least 10 convictions for driving without a licence.

Paul Ponticello, Vivian's brother, gave a eulogy at the funeral.

Vivian's younger brother, Paul Ponticello, spoke at the funeral service where he thanked people who ran to the family's aid. They are together and always will be.

He was also killed in the crash. Local reports have described Whitall as a "serial traffic offender" who was driving home from a methadone clinic when his auto collided with the Falkholt vehicle.


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