INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic duck boat accident that killed 17 people, including nine members of a family from Indianapolis.
Tia Coleman and her young nephew were the only ones from their family to survive.
Tia lost her husband and three children when the boat sank during a storm while they were on vacation.
"The crippling pain of loss continues every day," Coleman said in a statement issued Tuesday. "I draw hope and energy from their memory to fight to ban dangerous, death trap duck boats like the one that killed my family and others. I am grateful for the efforts of prosecutors as they work to hold all those responsible for this crime accountable."
So far, at least three duck boat workers have been charged in the case.
Tia has started an online petition urging lawmakers to ban duck boats. So far, nearly 8,000 people have signed it.