- The family of drug addict who died in triple-fatal car accident described as 'hero'
- Craig Anthony Whitall died in the crash along with Lars and Vivian Falkholt
- Their daughters Home and Away actress Jessica and Annabelle are critical
- Mr Whitall's son described him as 'the best father' and called him his 'idol'
- His family said it was 'very hurtful' to see the way they were talking about him
- Mr Whitall had been jailed for driving while disqualified and was on P-plates
- He was driving home from a methadone clinic at the time of the horror crash
Published: 22:12 EST, 28 December 2017 | Updated: 22:26 EST, 28 December 2017
The drug addict who died in a triple-fatal car accident which left a Home and Away actress fighting for her life in hospital has been described as 'the best father' and a 'hero' by his devastated family.
Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, who died in the horrific Boxing Day crash along with Lars Falkholt, 69, and his wife Vivian, 60, had been jailed for driving while disqualified and was driving on P-plates, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The smash on Princes Highway near Sussex Inlet in New South Wales left promising actress Jessica Falkholt, 28, and her sister Annabelle, 21, in hospital fighting for their lives.
Mr Whitall was a known drug user and had been jailed for driving offences.
'He was an awesome father, the best. I couldn't ask for anything more of him,' his son Shane told Seven News.
'He did what he could and that's all you can ask of anyone. He was my hero in my eyes, he was my idol.'
'He was an awesome father, the best. I couldn't ask for anything more of him,' Mr Whitall's son told Seven News
Craig Anthony Whitall was a known drug user and had been jailed for driving offences
Former Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt is fighting for her life in hospital after the crash which killed both her parents
The Sydney Morning Herald reported Mr Whitall was driving home from a methadone clinic when the tragic incident occurred
Mr Whitall's son took to Facebook to pay an emotional tribute to his father
Another family member described the reaction to the fatal crash as 'very hurtful' and said Mr Whitall liked his privacy.
'It's very hurtful for me to think they're talking about Craig like that, he was very private and didn't like people talking about him,' the woman said.
'He's got grand-kids that are listening to it.'
The Sydney Morning Herald reported Mr Whitall was driving home from a methadone clinic when the tragic incident occurred.
Witness told police they saw Mr Whitall's white Toyota Prado cross the centre line twice before it crashed into the Falkholt's Mazda in a head-on collision.
Mr Whitall had been charged with more than 60 offences by police before his death.
Another family member described the reaction to the fatal crash as 'very hurtful' and said Mr Whitall liked his privacy
'He did what he could and that's all you can ask of anyone. He was my hero in my eyes, he was my idol'
Sources told the Daily Telegraph Mr Whitall was 'well known' to police in Ulladulla and had a criminal history of more than 60 offences.
Jessica Falkholt had appeared in Home and Away and was beginning a promising film career before the crash
The coronial investigation into the crash will focus on whether Mr Whitall was under the influence of drugs during the crash.
His son Shane took to Facebook to pay an emotional tribute to his father.
'I love you with all my heart dad and will forever miss you,' Shane wrote.
'You were my hero I don't give a f**k what anyone says you showed me a lot in my life more than you'll ever know.
'It's such a tragedy to lose you I love you Dad RIP,' the post read.
Mr Whitall was driving home to Ulladulla from a Nowra methadone clinic on Boxing Day.
Methadone is prescribed to heroin addicts as they attempt to wean themselves off the drug.
It isn't illegal for a driver to have methadone in their system but they can be charged if it is proven any substance impaired their ability to control a vehicle safely.
A witness to the crash pulled Jessica (pictured) and her sister Annabelle from the horror smash
Mr Whitall's family also released a statement saying that their 'hearts were broken' after his death.
'Not only for our loss but also for the loss the Falkholt family are feeling.'
Craig Anthony Whitall went by aliases including Craig Andrew Whitall and Jamie Robert Wilson.
He was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified in 2011.
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