AG reported hitting deer, but hit man — South Dakota agency

Ruben Hill
September 15, 2020

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported on Monday that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg had initially told the authorities he thought he had hit a deer when he reported a vehicle crash that led to the death of a man on Saturday night.

Ravnsborg's office has said he had not been drinking before the crash and that he immediately called 911.

It took investigators almost 22 hours to identify Boever's body with a family member, leaving family members frustrated and suspicious, his cousin Nick Nemec said.

Ravnsborg, a Republican, was elected alongside Noem in 2018.

"I am shocked and filled with sorrow following the events of last night". "Law enforcement is working on identifying the deceased and notifying the family".

Boever had crashed his truck into a hay bale near the road earlier Saturday evening, according to Nemec.

Boever lived alone and had been separated from his wife, Nemec said. They identified his body after 8 p.m. on Sunday.

He had been at a fundraising dinner hosted by the Spink County Republicans at Rooster's Bar & Grill.

The Attorney General, who had not been hurt in the crash, had been driving back home from the Spink County Lincoln Day Dinner in Redfield, Tim Bormann, spokesman for the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, told the Journal. Bormann told the outlet that his agency will not participate in order to avoid a conflict of interest (it is a part of the Attorney General's Office, and Bormann is Ravnsborg's chief of staff).

Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota attorney general, speaks during a news conference outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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