'Home and Away' actress has life support machine turned off after crash

Saul Bowman
January 12, 2018

Her sister, Annabelle, 21, passed away on December 29 as a result of her injuries and was buried with their parents on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old star had been left in critical condition following a Boxing Day auto crash that claimed the lives of her immediate family.

Annabelle died in hospital a few days after the crash, with Jessica remaining in a coma - unaware that her family lost their lives. While she has undergone several surgeries, she remains in a coma.

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.

Last night, the Daily Telegraph revealed Jessica's extended family had made a decision to switch off her life support in the hope that she could be woken from her coma.

"We made sure Jess wasn't alone and her friends were able to be there with her", a relative told the Daily Mail. No decision is made without Jessica's wants in mind.

'I always thought we would grow old together'.

Lars Falkholt his wife Vivian and their daughters Annabelle and Jessica Falkholt

A family friend said, "They were a very close family and had been on a quiet getaway", according to The Telegraph as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

"Speaking about the accident, Jessica's uncle, Paul Ponticello, said: "[It's] a day that will be hard to erase from our memory", adding that Lars was known for being an excellent driver.

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

Mr Ponticello also thanked the "saviours" who risked their lives to pull Annabelle and Jessica from the inferno.

The 29-year-old has been in a coma since the horror collision, which also claimed the life of the driver of the other auto involved, 50-year-old Craig Whitehall. We always had a good laugh.

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

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