Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt's life support switched off

The life support of Jessica Falkholt has tragically been switched off

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt has had her life support turned off, nearly three weeks after a horrific Boxing Day vehicle crash that killed her parents and sister.

On Thursday night, Jessica had her life support switched off weeks after the horrific accident on the New South Wales south coast, making her the fifth victim of the Boxing Day crash that killed her parents and sister.

The tragic conclusion to the horror story comes after friends and family refused to give up hope for her recovery. Jessica had undergone several surgeries including the removal of a kidney and part of her skull but remained in a coma at St George hospital.

The driver of the other auto involved, 50-year-old Craig Whitall, also died instantly.

At the time of the accident, Network Seven, Home and Away's broadcaster, released a statement saying: "Although her time on set was brief, once a part of the Home and Away family, always part of the family". Annabelle died as a result of her injuries three days after the smash.

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

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

Falkholt played Hope Morrison on the popular soap opera Home and Away, and the show paid tribute to her on Twitter with a simple message: "Rest in peace, attractive Jessica Falkholt".

Extended family have made the heartbreaking decision to turn off Jessica Falkholt’s life support
Extended family have made the heartbreaking decision to turn off Jessica Falkholt’s life support

The three were buried at a service attended by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary's Catholic Church at Concord in western Sydney on Wednesday.

Following Wednesday's funeral service, Vivian Falkholt's younger brother Pail Ponticello said: 'It's a day that will be hard to erase from our memory. Their lives on this earth ending on a highway makes absolutely no sense, ' he said.

The 29-year-old actress was involved in a Boxing Day crash while traveling with her parents and sister.

Her family has asked for privacy.

The family was returning from Christmas holiday.

"The irony of this tragedy is that Lars was such a careful driver".

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

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