One of two sisters who have been fighting for life after a head-on crash on Boxing Day that killed their parents has died.
Annabelle Falkholt, 21, and her sister, 28-year-old former Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt, were injured in the crash on the New South Wales south coast.
Jessica Falkholt remains in a critical condition at Sydney’s St George Hospital.
The crash, described as “horrific” by onlookers, happened on the Princes Highway at Mondayong on Tuesday morning.
Both cars were engulfed in flames and incinerated, with just burnt out shells remaining.
The sisters’ parents, Lars and Vivien Falkholt, died at the scene along with the driver of the other car, 50-year-old Craig Whitall.
Police said Mr Whitall had a long criminal history and had been jailed for driving while disqualified.
At the time of the crash, he was driving with P-plates having only recently got his licence back.
Mr Whitall was “well-known” to police in his hometown of Ulladulla and had more than 60 offences on his record as well as a number of aliases, authorities said.
The issue of whether Mr Whitall was on methadone or other drugs at the time of the crash will be part of the coronial investigation.
His son, Shane Whitall, took to Facebook about 12 hours after the crash to post a tribute to his father.
“You showed me a lot in my life more than youl (sic) ever know,” he said.
‘I lost the love of my life’
Soon after Annabelle Falkholt died, her partner Jordan Brohier wrote about his heartbreak in losing the “most amazing girl I’ve ever met” on his Facebook page.
“Today I lost the love of my life Annabelle,” he said.
“The three years I knew her were the best years of my life.
“I’m so thankful for every second I got to spend with my baby.”
Mr Broheir said the last 48 hours had been the most painful period to endure and he keeps hoping he will “wake up from this terrible nightmare”.
He finished his post by making a public appeal for caution on the roads and urged people to remember that “a car is a deadly weapon”.
Extent of sisters’ injuries hard to forget: rescuer
After the crash, relatives of the Falkholts thanked one of the by-standers, Darien Collier, who pulled the sisters from the wreckage.
On Facebook, Cathy Randazzo, a cousin of the sisters, called Mr Collier “our hero” and said “words can not express how grateful we are”.
“If it wasn’t for you we would have no hope at all,” she said.
In a Facebook post Mr Collier, of Wollongong, said describing the crash as horrific was a “massive understatement”.
“The injuries on the two girls will be something I won’t forget in a long time,” he said.