Charges: First responder stole money at scene of crash that killed Moorhead brothers


Criminal charges filed Monday say an emergency first responder did the unthinkable at the scene of a deadly crash – steal from one of the victims.

42-year-old Tara Kimberly Lindquist, of Dalton, Minnesota, is accused of lifting cash from the wallet of one of the young men who was killed in the June 23 accident, according to a Department of Public Safety news release.

She was one of the first medical workers to arrive on the scene, officials noted. She is charged with one count of misdemeanor theft.

The accident occurred when the pickup carrying brothers Zach Kvalvog, 18, and Connor Kvalvog, 14, overturned on Interstate 94 near Fergus Falls, killing them both.

They were on their way to a basketball camp in Wisconsin at the time of the accident.

Their deaths resulted in an outpouring of grief in the Moorhead area, with their school – Park Christian – holding a vigil to honor them.

But as the community mourned, it was apparent to a family member of the victims that something was wrong.

According to the DPS release, family notified investigators that "an undetermined amount of cash was missing from the victims' wallets."

Lindquist, DPS says, eventually admitted to a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent that she took the money from a billfold while on the scene of the accident.

The agency adds that the investigation is still ongoing.

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