South Dakota AG involved in fatal crash, reported he hit a deer

Elias Hubbard
September 15, 2020

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R) called to report that he hit a deer with his vehicle Saturday night on his way home from a political event, but authorities say he actually struck and killed a man rather than an animal.

Nemec says his cousin, 55-year-old Joe Boever was a quiet individual who never got mad at anybody.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. He also said Ravnsborg "drinks lightly", and doesn't think he was drinking at the dinner.

"There was a fatality", Noem told reporters in a brief press conference, per the Argus Leader.

Nemec told ABC affiliate Dakota News Now he hasn't been contacted by the state and he believes it is being tight-lipped about the investigation. 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).

In Ravnsborg's own words, he's "shocked and filled with sorrow following the events of last night". The Department of Public Safety said the investigation is ongoing.

He said he stopped and used the flashlight on his phone to look around his vehicle in the dark, but saw nothing other than damage to his auto and believed he had hit a large animal.

Ravnsborg, who was elected in 2018, has a string of previous driving violations, according to state records. They both returned to the accident scene, where Volek said he would handle the investigation and asked Ravnborg to return to Pierre, according to Ravnsborg's statement. Local law enforcement is still working on getting a positive identification of the deceased.

Boever had phoned his cousin Victor on Saturday morning after he crashed his truck into the hale bale.

Boever's body was discovered the next day.

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.

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