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Casting director’s emotional note about Jessica Falkholt

Australian actor Jessica Falkholt had her life support switched off and remains in a critical condition more than a fortnight after a horror crash that killed her parents and younger sister, a Sydney hospital has confirmed. Picture: Supplied
Australian actor Jessica Falkholt had her life support switched off and remains in a critical condition more than a fortnight after a horror crash that killed her parents and younger sister, a Sydney hospital has confirmed. Picture: Supplied

A CASTING director has penned an emotional tribute to former Home and Away actress, Jessica Falkholt, as she still clings to life in hospital.

David Newman took to his Facebook page on Friday to share his last memory with her, which also featured a photograph of her taken just eight weeks ago where he was with her during an audition.

"So hard to concentrate today, this screenshot is from just eight weeks ago, where I had the pleasure of another audition with the gorgeous Jessica Falkholt," he wrote.

"- so smart, talented, dedicated, passionate, intense (in all the right ways), inquisitive, questioning, hard on herself - she always thought she could do it better. When she really looked at you - with those wonderful, beautiful eyes - you knew you were in front of a powerful, creative life force. So much potential, just starting to kick the goals she had worked so hard for.............Thank you Jess. Please send all your love and support to her."

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David Newman's Facebook post. Picture: Facebook
David Newman's Facebook post. Picture: Facebook

Falkholt, the Home and Away actress and her younger sister Annabelle were pulled from the fiery wreckage of their car near Ulladulla on Boxing Day but her parents Lars and Vivian died at the scene.

Jessica, 29, had her life support switched off one day after the funeral for her sister Annabelle, 21, and parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60.

Jessica remains in a critical condition.

Jessica Falkholt has had her life support switched off and has been fighting for her life in St George Hospital since Boxing Day. Picture: AAP
Jessica Falkholt has had her life support switched off and has been fighting for her life in St George Hospital since Boxing Day. Picture: AAP

Annabelle died from her injuries three days after the head-on crash and Jessica has been in a critical condition in St George Hospital.

Lars, Vivian and Annabelle Falkholt also died in the crash. Picture: David Swift
Lars, Vivian and Annabelle Falkholt also died in the crash. Picture: David Swift

The hospital on Friday confirmed her life support had been switched off. On Saturday morning, the hospital said she remained in a critical condition.

The driver of the 4WD that slammed into the family's car, 50-year-old habitual traffic offender Craig Whitall, 50, was reportedly travelling home from a Nowra methadone clinic when he was killed in the crash. He had previously been subject to a nine-year driving ban and had at least 10 convictions for driving while disqualified.

Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, died in a fiery car crash on Boxing Day 2017, which claimed the lives Jessica Falkholt's parents. Picture: 7 NEWS
Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, died in a fiery car crash on Boxing Day 2017, which claimed the lives Jessica Falkholt's parents. Picture: 7 NEWS

The state government says there will be a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the collision.

The young actor had appeared on Home and Away and other Australian series and the accident has prompted an outpouring of grief from the entertainment industry and her fans.

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