South Dakota Attorney General struck and killed Joseph Boever: Jason Ravnsborg Biography, Wiki
South Dakota 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 revealed this morning.
Ravnsborg’s office has said he had not been drinking before the crash and that he immediately called 911.
The Department of Public Safety said only that he told the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office that he had hit a deer with his 2011 Ford Taurus and did not say whether he reported the crash in a 911 call.
The victim, who was identified as Joseph Boever, 55, was not found until Sunday morning, Dakota News Now reported.
Investigators took nearly 22 hours to identify Boever’s body with a family member, leaving family members frustrated and suspicious, his cousin Nick Nemec said.
“My worst fear is that they are trying to get ducks in a row to absolve the attorney general of any wrongdoing,” Nemec told Keloland.
Ravnsborg, 44, was driving from a Republican fundraiser in Redfield to his home about 110 miles away in Pierre on Saturday night when he was involved in the accident on US Highway 14, spokesman Tim Bormann said. .
He had been to a fundraising dinner hosted by the Spink County Republicans at Rooster’s Bar & Grill. The attorney general is known to frequently attend fundraising activities known as Lincoln Day Dinners, organized by county Republican groups across the state.
Bormann said the attorney general has been known to have a drink occasionally, but has made it a practice not to drink at Lincoln Day events.
Nick Nemec said Boever crashed his truck into a hay bale about a mile west of Highway 14 in Highmore Saturday night. He called Nemec’s brother, Victor, who drove him to his home located just a mile and a half from the crash site.
Victor Nemec and Boever made plans to repair their damaged vehicle the next day, but the 56-year-old apparently decided to return to the truck alone later that night.
When Victor arrived at Boever’s home in the morning and found the residence empty, he reported that his cousin was missing, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported. Twelve hours later, Victor and Nick Nemec received a call asking them to go to a local funeral home to identify their cousin’s body.
Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has said the Highway Patrol will oversee the investigation of the accident. Investigators have not released any details about the accident.
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation was also asked to assist in the investigation, according to Bormann.
Ravensborg issued a statement Sunday night, referring to the fatal accident.
“I am shocked and full of pain after the events of last night,” he said. As Governor Noem said, I am fully cooperating with the investigation and I fully intend to continue to do so in the future. At this time, I offer my condolences and condolences to the family. ‘
Ravnsborg, who was elected to the office of attorney general in 2018, has received six traffic tickets for speeding in South Dakota in the past six years. He was also fined for a seat belt violation and for driving a vehicle without a proper exhaust system and muffler.