Published: Tue, September 15, 2020

South Dakota attorney general involved in fatal auto crash

South Dakota attorney general involved in fatal auto crash

Jason Ravnsborg, 44, told police he had hit a deer while driving home from a fundraising event for the Republican Party on Saturday night. However, the body of 55-year-old Joseph Boever was discovered early Sunday morning. In addition to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation will investigate the fatal accident, since the South Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is under the attorney general's jurisdiction, according to Bormann. Nemec doesn't think Ravnsborg called 911, because no sirens were heard leaving Highmore on Saturday night.

"The attorney general hit my cousin as he was walking down the side of the road and killed him", Mr Nemec told the Argus Leader.

Ravnsborg's office said he called 911 after the accident, but state investigators did not reveal whether he reported the crash via 911. A spokesperson for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety said details about the auto accident, like whether alcohol was a factor and if any charges are pending, are expected to be shared on Monday. "The driver was not injured", the highway patrol said in a news release. "Law enforcement is working on identifying the deceased and notifying the family".

"I believe the state is going to try to cover this up as much as they can", Victor Nemec told the Rapid City Journal.


The spokesman said that while Mr Ravnsborg did drink occasionally, he did not make a habit of drinking during Lincoln Day events, which he was attending the night of the incident.

Nemec had given Boever a ride home, which was about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) away, and made plans to make repairs on Sunday.

Ravnsborg has received six traffic tickets for speeding in South Dakota over the last six years.

He was also cited for a seat belt violation in 2017 and paid a $25 fine, according to state records.

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