WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- South Dakota investigators said on Monday that state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg reported hitting a deer on his way home on a rural stretch of US Highway 14 on Saturday night ━ but actually drove through a man. The body was identified as the 55-year-old man Joseph Boever, who was apparently walking near the road as his truck crashed near the area earlier Saturday evening.
- In his statement on Sunday, Ravsnborg said that he was “shocked and filled with sorrow.” His office also claimed that he was not drunk.
- In the last six years, Ravnsborg obtained six traffic tickets in South Dakota for overspeeding. He also received a seat belt violation and driving without a proper exhaust and muffler system in his vehicle.
After South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s report that he hit a deer on Saturday night, state investigators found out that he hit a pedestrian instead, whose body was only found the following day.
The attorney general’s office said that Ravnsborg quickly called 911 following the accident which happened on a rural stretch of US Highway 14. He said he did not realize that he hit a man until his body was discovered.
However, the statement issued by the Department of Public Safety on Monday said that Ravnsborg told the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office that he had hit a deer and did not disclose other information such as reporting the incident to 911.
In his statement on Sunday, Ravnsborg did not reveal any details aside from saying that he was “shocked and filled with sorrow.” The following day, his office said that the state attorney had not been drinking.
Republican Governor Kristi Noem announced on Sunday that Ravnsborg got involved in a car accident and noted that the Department of Public Safety was already investigating ⏤ though both her office and the department did not provide further details.
According to spokesman Tim Bormann, Ravnsborg was driving from a GOP fundraising event in Redfield en route to his residence about 110 miles away in Pierre.
The victim was identified as Joseph Boever, 55, who crashed his truck within that area earlier on Saturday, his relatives said. He was walking when the accident happened.
Nick Nemec, Boever’s cousin, said that the investigators took almost a day before they identified his body alongside a family member, which for them was kind of suspicious.
Boever crashed his truck into a hay bale beside the highway on early Saturday evening, Nemec said. His brother Victor gave Boever a ride back to his home, about 1.5 miles away and decided to do the car repairs the following day.
“I don’t know if cousin Joe was laying on the highway for 22 hours or if they had bagged him up before that,” Nemec said.
Boever’s relatives said that they called 911 and the Highway Patrol upon seeing the accident, but they were told to wait for the official announcement. They were able to identify his body after 8pm on Sunday.
In the last six years, Ravnsborg obtained six traffic tickets in South Dakota for overspeeding. He also received a seat belt violation and driving without a proper exhaust and muffler system in his vehicle.