Australian actress Jessica Falkholt remained in critical condition as her mother, father, and younger sister were laid to rest in a moving funeral service in Sydney, Australia this morning [10 January].
The 28-year-old Home and Away star is the sole survivor of a Boxing Day car crash, with the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident, 50-year-old Craig Anthony Whitall, also losing his life.
Hundreds of mourners are said to have gathered at St Mary’s Church to pay their respects to 69-year-old Lars, 60-year-old Vivian, and 21-year-old Annabelle, with relative Paul Ponticello pointing out the injustice of the tragedy as Lars was such a “careful” driver.
News.com.au report that Mr. Ponticello told the service: “The irony of the tragedy is that Lars was such a careful driver.
“Whenever he’d ask to drive somewhere I’d suggest a time for an average driver and add on some additional time for the ‘Lars factor’ because he was so careful.
“Their lives ending on a highway makes absolutely no sense.”
Last week, a relative told Daily Mail Australia of Jessica’s prognosis: “We’re not going to know much about Jessica’s real condition for a while.
“The neurosurgeon came in yesterday and he just said the operation went well and it’s just a waiting game.
“She could be in a coma for weeks or even months – she still has all the swelling on her brain. They haven’t even been able to test her brain yet. They’ll probably have to wait a week or two now and see how she responds to the surgery.”
The Falkholt family’s car was involved in a head-on collision on the Princes Highway at Mondayong on the New South Wales south coast in Australia.
Other motorists are said to have risked their lives to pull the Annabelle and Jessica from the wreckage, with both cars bursting into flames shortly afterwards – leaving Mr. and Mrs. Falkholt to be identified through their dental records as their remains were burnt in the fire.
The Daily Telegraph report that a car driving on the wrong side of the road caused the collision, hitting the Falkholt family head on as they made their way home to Sydney following a short festive break.
Annabelle died in hospital a few days after the crash, with Jessica remaining in a coma – unaware that her family lost their lives.
Jessica found fame after appearing as Hope Morrison on Home and Away in 2016, also starring in upcoming supernatural thriller Harmony, which is due for release in 2018.