Update: Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Death Toll Reaches 7 Fatalities

08/23/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Indianapolis, IN — The stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair has claimed a seventh victim. A 24-year-old woman who was initially injured in the stage collapse has died, reported CNN.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office reported that Meagan Toothman died Monday afternoon, August 22, 2011. Toothman has been on life support since the August 13 accident.

Meagan’s family said they are donating her organs to “provide gifts of sight, health and life to dozens who are in need.”

On Friday morning, August 19, the sixth fatality was reported. Jennifer Haskell, a 22-year-old senior at Ball State University, died from her injuries, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Haskell’s uncle released the following statement in the wake of his niece’s death: “After a long courageous battle, Jenny Haskell died at 8:15 this morning from her injuries sustained from the tragedy at the State Fair. Jenny’s family would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers during this difficult time. Continued support and prayers for the remaining victims would be greatly appreciated.”

The strong winds toppled the metal scaffolding used to erect the outdoor stage, which fell into the “Sugarpit,” which is an area reserved for Sugarland’s die-hard fans. The stage reportedly collapsed just four minutes after officials advised the concertgoers to seek shelter, as previously reported in: “Sugarland Stage Collapse at Indiana State Fair Kills 5, Injured 40.”

The National Weather Service estimated winds of 60 to 70 mph had swept through the area at the time of the stage collapse.

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