Sugarland Stage Collapse Claims Another Victim As Cheerlading Coach Dies

The tragic Sugarland stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair has claimed another victim. A 24-year-old cheerleading coach massively injured during the Sugarland stage collapse will be taken off life support Monday and allowed to die. Her family issued a statement saying Meagan Toothman‘s organs will be harvested for donation later today.

“Late last night it became apparent that our Meagan was no longer with us,” the statement said. “The decision was made to allow her to be at peace. This afternoon she is scheduled for a surgery that will provide gifts of sight, health, and life to dozens who are in need.”

The Sugarland stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair was caused by high winds of 60 to 70 mph. The scaffolding of the stage collapsed just moments before the country music duo Sugarland was to take the stage and perform. The massive structure fell onto the audience gathered in front of the stage to watch the band.

Five people died at the time of the stage collapse and scores were injured, many seriously. A sixth person, college her injuries on Friday. Meagan Toothman, a high school cheerleading coach and master’s degree student in Cincinnai, suffered severe brain injuries.

The five original fatalities of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse were: Alina Bigjohny, 23; Glen Goodrich, 49; Christina Santiago, 29; stage hand Nathan Byrd, 51; Tammy Vandam, 42.