Money Pours In For Indiana Stage Collapse Victims; Death Toll Reaches 7Posted by Melissa Daniels
The latest death toll from last month’s Indiana stage collapse has reached seven, and money is pouring in to support those families affected by the loss of loved ones.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced today that he wanted to pay $5 million to the victims. That is the maximum allowed under Indiana’s government liability law.
The Indianapolis Star reports Zoeller’s announcement comes the same day that fair and state officials announced plans to expedite victim payments from a separate “relief fun” containing more than $800,000. The relief funds have been donated by private individuals and businesses in the wake of the tragedy.
Among the unanswered questions to state officials are how much money will be distributed and who will be eligible for payments when the money starts to flow. 9/11 victim-assistance expert Kenneth Feinberg, is donating his services to help Indiana develop the process for paid out assistance to the fair victims. Feinberg has also worked with families who fell victim to the Virginia Tech campus shootings and last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf.
The most recent victim of the collapse was 24-year old cheerleading coach Meagan Toothman. Toothman was on life support for nine days after having suffered severe brain injury in the collapse.
According to CNN.com, a 22-year old college student was the sixth fatality.
The stage collapse happened on August 13 during the Indiana State Fair.