Relative of killed Falkholt family pleads for motorists to drive safely over holiday break
This Christmas Day snap of the Falkholt family may have been one of the last taken of them together. (Supplied: Facebook)
A relative of the Falkholt family, which lost four members in a horrific Boxing Day crash last year, has pleaded with motorists to drive safely, saying the toll has been unimaginable.
- Last year, 31 people were killed during the holiday period, including the Falkholt family
- Relative Danielle Dare said she never expected to be the “poster family of tragedy”
- Police say they will be patrolling “backroads” and smaller country towns to keep drivers safe
Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt, 29, her sister Annabelle, 21, and her parents Lars and Vivian were travelling on the NSW south coast when they collided head-on with another vehicle.
Her parents were killed instantly, Annabelle was critically injured and died three days later in hospital, and Jessica also died in hospital three weeks after the crash.
Relative Daniella Dare today joined senior police to warn drivers ahead of the annual holiday road safety campaign, describing the devastating impact the deaths had on her family.
“Losing four people and even the family dog, the toll on the family… you can’t imagine,” she said.
“It’s been horrible this year. I never thought my family would be the poster family of tragedy over this part of the festive season.”
Ms Dare said she was now facing her first Christmas “while missing a whole branch of our family tree”, but was hopeful the deaths would not be in vain.
“The most we can do is ask that their tragic end sparks something in you to change the way you drive this year,” she said.
“Just remember the toll it can have on people and the way it can affect someone’s life forever.
“It’s not just the year or the festive season, it’s every wedding, every christening. Everything’s different for us now and no–one should have to go through that.”
Last holiday season, 31 people were killed in car crashes.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said officers would make an effort to also target smaller country towns in addition to the usual areas.
“The community of NSW and the police in NSW, we can’t tolerate 31 deaths again this year,” he said.
“It is unacceptable.”
Police will be issuing double demerit points from this weekend until January 1.