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Thu, 20 Dec, 2018Basmah Qazi

Jessica Falkholt’s family issues heartbreaking plea one year after fatal Boxing Day crash

Jessica Falkholt’s family issues heartbreaking plea one year after fatal Boxing Day crash

Almost one year on from the tragic Falkholt family car crash, a relative of the family has spoken out about the importance of road safety.

Daniella Dare, a cousin of the Falkholts, appeared in front of reporters on Thursday morning to reveal the family’s emotional state as they hope no one faces what they have this past year and are still currently going through.

“There’s nothing that will replace them or bring them back,” she said.

“The most we can do is ask that their deaths and tragic end wasn’t in vain.

“Please, when you are on the roads this festive season, slow down, take a break and drive with your full attention.”

Former Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt, 28, passed away last year along with her sister Anabelle, 21, and her parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60.

Their car was involved in a head-on collision with a four-wheel-drive on Boxing Day on the NSW south coast.

Lars and Vivian immediately died at the scene, but the sisters were both removed from the burning wreckage and taken to hospital.

Anabelle tragically died three days later and Jessica three weeks later.

Ms Dare says her family will never remain the same, and the accident is an unimaginable tragedy that no family thinks they would ever have to go through.

“As so many other families this year have also realised – crashes can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone,” she said.

“This year has been the hardest year imaginable and one I never thought we’d have to face.

“I never thought my family would become the poster family of tragedy and all I can hope is that our suffering might just spark a change in the way people conduct themselves on the roads over the season.”

Last year, 31 deaths occurred on the road during the holiday season due to 26 fatal crashes. Out of those, 19 were drivers, seven were passengers, two were motorcyclists and three were pedestrians.