Sisters Orphaned By Crash Cling To Life
Australian actress Jessica Falkholt remains in a critical condition in hospital two days after a fiery crash on the NSW south coast killed her parents and also left her sister fighting for life.
Ms Falkholt, a 28-year-old graduate from the National Institute of Dramatic Art who has played a role in Home and Away and other Australian television series, and her family were travelling near Ulladulla on Boxing Day before the crash.
Police believe a four-wheel drive crossed the road and collided with their vehicle.
Witnesses pulled Ms Falkholt and her sister Annabelle, 21, from the wreckage as the vehicles were engulfed in flames but her parents died at the scene along with a 50-year-old man.
Heartbreaking and devastating news for everyone. Please pray for Jessica & Annabelle. 💙 https://t.co/KQSTr7YThS— James Stewart (@__jamesstewart_) December 27, 2017
Annabelle was still fighting for life in Liverpool Hospital on Wednesday evening while Jessica was also in a critical condition on Thursday morning in St George Hospital.
The triple fatal, along with numerous other crashes, have left 21 dead on the state's roads since December 15.
NSW and Victoria Police on Thursday said regional areas of each state had been over-represented in the road toll figures.
In NSW, 285 people have died on regional roads this year compared with 103 in metropolitan areas.
Former @homeandaway actress Jessica Falkholt and her sister are clinging to life after a horrific crash that killed both of their parents on the Princes Highway. https://t.co/MGupIV5Ecx @samanthabrett #7News pic.twitter.com/ZnsPh9cAKc— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 27, 2017
Police blamed the disparity on poor decisions by drivers, including speeding, drink driving and fatigue, and Assistant NSW Commissioner Michael Corboy said road users needer to take more responsibility.
"Tragically, when a bad decision is made by a driver or rider, it is not only that person that is put at risk, they are usually putting their own passengers and all other road users at risk of getting involved in a fatal crash," he said in a statement.
"We are past the point of being disappointed, we are now angry that drivers are not listening to our warnings."