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South Dakota AG issues statement on fatal crash, says ‘I discovered the body’ | TheHill – The Hill

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R) said late Monday that he discovered the body of the man he struck and killed with his car last weekend, whom Ravnsborg said he initially believed to be a large animal.

In a statement, Ravnsborg said he stopped his car and “saw nothing to indicate what I had hit.” Both he and the local sheriff were unable to find anything that night, he said, and the sheriff loaned him his personal vehicle as his car was too damaged to drive. The next morning, the attorney general said, he returned with his chief of staff and found the body of the man, Joe Boever.

“I discovered the body of Mr. Boever in the grass just off the roadway,” Ravnsborg wrote. “My chief of staff and I checked and it was apparent that Mr. Boever was deceased. I immediately drove to Sheriff Volek’s home to report the discovery and he accompanied me back to the scene. Once there, the sheriff instructed me that he would handle the investigation, and asked me to return to Pierre.”

Ravnsborg said that he did not drink any alcohol before driving Saturday night, and that he has provided a blood draw and both of his cell phones.

“I have not made a statement before now because the matter is being investigated and I want to respect that process and let it happen without any interference or appearance of impropriety on my part,” Ravnsborg said in his statement, adding that he would not take any questions on the matter until the investigation is complete.

The state Highway Patrol will investigate the incident with the assistance of the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the oversight of Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemAuthorities confirm South Dakota attorney general involved in fatal crash South Dakota governor defends Sturgis rallygoers: ‘Exercised their personal freedom to attend’ Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was ‘superspreading event’ that cost public health .2 billion: analysis MORE (R), according to The New York Times. Noem will oversee the probe in lieu of the attorney general’s office, which has oversight of the bureau and typically assists Highway Patrol investigations.

The incident took place as Boever was walking on the side of the road near Highmore, S.D. Boever’s cousin told the Argus Leader that Boever was walking to his own vehicle, which was in a ditch off the side of the road.

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South Dakota attorney general reported hitting deer but killed man in crash, officials say – The Guardian

  • Jason Ravnsborg involved in fatal collision on Saturday night
  • Body of Joseph Boever, 55, not found until Sunday morning

Jason Ravnsborg pictured in 2src14. State investigators said only that Ravnsborg told the Hyde county sheriff’s office that he had hit a deer and did not say whether he reported the crash in a 911 call.

Jason Ravnsborg pictured in 2014. State investigators said only that Ravnsborg told the Hyde county sheriff’s office that he had hit a deer and did not say whether he reported the crash in a 911 call.
Photograph: Dirk Lammers/AP

South Dakota’s attorney general, Jason Ravnsborg, reported hitting a deer with his car on Saturday night but actually killed a pedestrian whose body was not found until the next day, state investigators said on Monday.

Ravnsborg’s office has said he immediately called 911 after the accident on a rural stretch of US Highway 14 and did not realize he had hit a man until his body was found.

The department of public safety issued a statement on Monday that said only that Ravnsborg told the Hyde county sheriff’s office that he had hit a deer and did not say whether he reported the crash in a 911 call.

The man, who was identified as 55-year-old Joseph Boever, was not found until Sunday morning. He had crashed his truck in that area earlier, according to relatives, and was apparently walking near the road toward it.

The Republican governor, Kristi Noem, had revealed on Sunday that Ravnsborg was involved in a fatal crash and said the department of public safety was investigating, but neither she nor the agency had provided any details about what happened.

Ravnsborg issued a statement on Sunday saying he was “shocked and filled with sorrow” but also had not revealed details. His office said on Monday that he had not been drinking before the crash.

The department of public safety said its investigation was ongoing.

Ravnsborg was driving from a Republican fundraiser in Redfield to his home some 110 miles (177km) away in Pierre, his spokesman, Tim Bormann, said. Ravnsborg was uninjured.

Ravnsborg had been at a fundraising dinner hosted by the Spink County Republicans at Rooster’s Bar & Grill. The attorney general is known to be a frequent attendee of the fundraisers known as Lincoln Day Dinners, hosted by county GOP groups across the state.

Bormann said the attorney general drinks occasionally, but has made it a practice not to drink at the Lincoln Day events.

Ravnsborg has received six traffic tickets for speeding in South Dakota over the last six years. He also received tickets for a seatbelt violation and for driving a vehicle without a proper exhaust and muffler system.

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