Indy Duck Boat Survivor Launches Petition to Ban or Regulate the Boats
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Tia Coleman, the Indianapolis woman whose husband and children died in a duck boat accident last month, wants Congress to make the boats safe or ban them entirely.
Four weeks after the accident in Branson, Missouri, Coleman has launched a Change.org petition seeking support for Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill's bill to order the duck boats out of operation unless they make safety changes within two years. Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly is a co-sponsor. Coleman calls the boats "deathtraps," and says no family should have to go through what she has.
Coleman described what she calls her new normal to reporters in a living room which still holds a playpen filled with one-year-old Arya's stuffed animals. Arya and her grade-school age brothers Reece and Evan drowned in the accident along with their father Glenn, five other family members,and eight other victims. Tia Coleman says she still wakes up in the middle of the night expecting to find Glenn next to her, or starts to call out to her boys to get ready for school before realizing the house is empty.
Four lawsuits have been filed so far in the accident, including two on behalf of Coleman's relatives. Tia Coleman isn't part of any court action so far.
Tia Coleman (left) with her sister Yelena Brackney (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)