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Australian actor Jessica Falkholt, 28, and her sister Annabelle, 21, were critically injured in the fiery crash that killed their parents and a 50-year-old man understood to be Craig Anthony Whitall.

The sisters were pulled from the burning wreckage by witnesses after the crash near Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast.

As both sisters remain in critical conditions in Liverpool and St George Hospitals, Mr Whitall’s driving record has been brought into question.

Mr Whitall had been jailed for driving while disqualified and had only recently got his licence back when the crash occurred, according to News Corp.

The Daily Telegraph reports Mr Whitall was “well known” to police in his hometown of Ulladulla with a long criminal history of more than 60 offences, and was a known drug user.

A man understood to be Mr Whittal’s son, Shane Whittal, posted on Facebook just hours after the crash.

“I love you with all my heart dad and will forever miss you you were my hero I don’t give a f*** what anyone says you showed me a lot in my life more than youl (sic) ever know its such a tragedy to loose (sic) you I LOVE YOU DAD RIP,” Shane posted.

Jessica Falkholt, a graduate from the National Institute of Dramatic Art who has played a role in Home and Away and other Australian television series, was travelling with her family when their vehicle was involved in a collision with a four-wheel drive.

Messages of love and support flooded in for the actress after the crash near Ulladulla on Boxing Day which killed their parents.

The Seven Network said the Home and Away family were sending their love and support to the actress and her sister.

Although her time on set was brief, once a part of the Home and Away family, always part of the family,” a spokesman said.

The road toll in NSW is currently at 21 for the Christmas period.

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