Jessica underwent emergency surgery but could not recover and died on January 17, 2018. Annabelle died in hospital three days after the crash.
Paul Ponticello, the brother of Vivian Falkholt who died in a fiery car crash on Boxing Day in 2017, speaks outside the NSW Coroner’s Court. Picture: Steve Zemek.Source:Supplied
Mr Ponticello at times became emotional as he led tributes to his extended family, telling the court of how his sister and brother-in-law had just bought an inner city apartment however never got the chance to move in.
“We thank those that risked their personal safety dragging both Jessica and Annabelle from the wreckage which gave the girls a chance of survival,” he said.
“Also we cannot give enough praise to the police and paramedics who attended the scene.”
He also called for systemic change into the care of drug addicts.
The court has previously heard that Mr Whitall had been visiting several south coast hospitals and medical clinics to seek extra doses of methadone and the antidepressant deptran.
Craig Anthony Whitall died when his car crossed onto the wrong side of the Princes Highway. Picture: 7 NEWS.Source:Supplied
One the day of the crash he had visited Shoalhaven Memorial Hospital asking for more methadone but was instead given four 5mg tablets of diazepam, better known as Valium.
A post mortem found he had a cocktail of drugs including methylamphetaime, methadone, diazepam and antidepressants in his system.
Mr Ponticello said he hoped the inquest resulted in: “Systemic improvements focused on the wellbeing of drug dependent individuals.
“As well as the safety of ordinary people who need to feel secure as they go about their daily lives.”
A statement from Lars’ siblings, who live in Sweden, told of their heartache after they planned to speak to him via telephone and Skype following Christmas 2017 however those calls never eventuated.
They described Lars and Vivian as having the “perfect marriage” and as being “the centre of each other’s universe”.
Ms O‘Sullivan will hand down her findings at a later date.