Mon August 22, 2011
7th person dies from Indiana State Fair collapse
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police say a 24-year-old woman who was a cheerleading coach at a Cincinnati high school has become the seventh person to die from injuries when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair.
Indiana State Police say Meagan Toothman died late Sunday. She was among those injured when the collapse happened while fans were waiting for the country act Sugarland to perform on Aug. 13.
Police say Toothman died from injuries suffered in the collapse. Her family says they decided to "allow to her to be at peace" after suffering brain injuries last weekend.
Toothman's family writes in a web journal that a surgery was planned for Monday so that she could be an organ donor. The family writes that Toothman will continue to touch more lives through her passing.
Toothman was head cheerleading coach at Turpin High School in Cincinnati.
UPDATE Tuesday Aug, 23 2011:
Earlier Monday, authorities erroneously reported that Meagan Toothman had died Sunday night, but she remained on life support at that time.
The 24-year-old cheerleading coach from Cincinnati had been scheduled to undergo organ donation surgery Monday. It wasn't immediately clear if the surgery had been performed.