7th Victim To Donate Organs After Fair Stage Collapse
Woman's Death Imminent More Than Week After Collapse
7:29 AM, Aug 22, 2011
A seventh victim of the stage rigging collapse at the Indiana State Fair will donate her organs, family members said.Indiana State Police and the Marion County Coroner's Office initially said Meagan Toothman, 24, of Cincinnati, had died Sunday night, but Deputy Coroner Alfie Ballew and ISP 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten later clarified that Toothman was being kept on life support, with death imminent.
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Toothman, a cheerleading coach at Turpin High School in Cincinnati, was put into a medically induced coma two days after the collapse as doctors battled brain swelling. Her family said organ donation "will provide gifts of sight, health and life to dozens who are in need.""Late last night it became apparent that our Meagan was no longer with us," the family wrote in an online journal. "The decision was made to allow to her to be at peace."The school district where Toothman graduated from and worked released a statement saying, "Meagan was a gift and will be deeply missed.""Everyone's praying for them, but it does help put things into perspective and make you realize whats important in life, so everyone's praying for them," said Terri Nunnari, a parent in the district."It's really sad," said student Natalie Gold. "I guess it's bringing everyone together a little more. They just make us more aware of how much we need each other."Those who died and more than 40 people who were injured were crushed beneath the rigging that came crashing down as a severe thunderstorm bore down on the Indiana State Fairgrounds just before 9 p.m. on Aug. 13, moments before country music duo Sugarland was set to hit the stage for a concert.Jenny Haskell, 22, a senior at Ball State University, died six days after the collapse.Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah; Alina Bigjohny, 23, of Fort Wayne; Glenn Goodrich, 49, of Indianapolis; Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago; and Nathan Byrd, 51, of Indianapolis, were also killed in the stage collapse.Indiana State Police stopped releasing information about people who are still hospitalized, citing medical privacy regulations, but it is believed that at least a dozen people are still hospitalized, some with critical injuries.Investigators are poring over policy, procedure and physical aspects of the stage collapse. Winds of up to 70 mph were estimated at the time of the collapse, and a severe thunderstorm warning had been issued for Marion County about 10 minutes prior to the collapse.
Watch 6News and refresh this page for updates.A fund to help the victims and their families has been established by the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Donations can be made online or checks with Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund in the memo line can be sent to CICF, Attn: Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund at 615 N. Alabama St. Indianapolis, IN 46204.