David T. Greiner

David T. Greiner of Garfield was a United State Air Force veteran with 20 years of service.  He was killed in a crash near Hinckley on May 14th, 2021.

(Pine County, MN) Nearly six months after a Garfield man was killed in a crash near Hinckley, the driver of the vehicle that ran into him has been formally charged.  On May 14th 45 year old David (Dave) T. Greiner was driving north on I-35 on his way to drill for the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth.  Court records say that 21 year old Tabitha Sue Sigler was heading southbound on I-35, crossed over the median and hit Greiner's SUV.  He died at the scene.  

Last week, Sigler was formally charged with criminal vehicular homicide while under the influence of a schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators found evidence of drug use in Sigler’s car, including butane torch lighters and a black scale with white residue on it that came back positive for methamphetamine when it was tested at the scene.  

Fox21 News reports that law enforcement also discovered a bag containing white powder in her car. It was sent to the BCA for testing. The agency determined the substance to be dimethyl sulfone, reporting those results on October 11th.  Investigators say they smelled marijuana coming from Sigler’s car, and say they also found a bottle of whiskey that had been opened and was partially empty.  Sigler was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Law enforcement obtained a search warrant and her blood was tested for substances less than three hours after the crash. It was sent for testing, and the BCA returned the results on July 9th. Her blood tested positive for meth, amphetamines, and THC.  She told investigators that she remembered losing control of the car, but couldn’t recall anything else. Her license was suspended, but it’s unclear for how long.  A 36-year old male passenger was in Sigler's car at the time of the crash.  Sigler could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.  

In February 2002, Dave Greiner joined the United States Air Force. Dave was stationed in Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida. Dave worked as a helicopter mechanic for three years until Dave was transferred to the Duluth Air National Guard Base where Dave served as a heavy equipment operator. During his time in the Air Force Guards, Dave achieved the rank of Master Sergeant (E7). Dave completed two tours in Afghanistan and two stateside tours. Dave continued his training on his drill weekends and was due to retire in October with 20 years of service. After his transfer to Duluth, Dave and Jess moved back to the Alexandria area where Dave continued his work in construction and masonry.