State Patrol calls Fergus Falls council member's crash death a suicide


A State Patrol investigation of the December crash that killed a Fergus Falls City Council member determined that Timothy Rundquist's death was a suicide.

Rundquist was pulled over for speeding near Elbow Lake on Dec. 22, but he led officers on a chase that ended after 16 miles when his Volkswagen Jetta crashed into an empty squad car in Ashby.

The lead investigator wrote that video of the crash shows Rundquist's Jetta making an abrupt change of course leading it directly into the squad car, the Fergus Falls Daily Journal reports. Investigators found no drugs or alcohol in his system, the newspaper says.

Rundquist, 62, was a father of four who taught business law at Minnesota State University Moorhead and was working in the Stevens County Attorney's office.

One of his colleagues on the Fergus Falls City Council tells WDAY he was shocked to learn of the investigation's conclusion. But Ben Schierer added: "It doesn't change anything. It's still a tragedy and it's still a family without a father."

The Star Tribune reports investigators heard from a friend of Rundquist's that he was depressed about his temporary job with Stevens County coming to an end this spring and had posted a message to Facebook saying "Seasonal joy simply isn't there."

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