South Dakota AG Reported Hitting Deer, But Police Found Man's Body

SD AG Involved In Fatal Car Crash Originally Claimed He Thought He Hit A Deer, Authorities Say

SD AG Involved In Fatal Car Crash Originally Claimed He Thought He Hit A Deer, Authorities Say

Investigators from two states are looking into a fatal accident that took place in South Dakota on Saturday night and involved state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who initially told the authorities his vehicle hit a deer. The next morning, the body of Joseph Boever, 55, was discovered near the crash site.

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was involved in a fatal crash on Saturday night that was originally reported to law enforcement as a collision with a deer. Ravnsborg, who said he wasn't drinking the night of the accident, said he will not answer further questions until the investigation is closed.

"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.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also participating in the investigation.

Mr Ravnsborg released a statement on Sunday night addressing the incident.

"I don't know if cousin Joe was laying on the highway for 22 hours or if they had bagged him up before that", Nick Nemec said.

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.

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Ravnsborg said Sunday he was "shocked and filled with sorrow".

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem first revealed the news of the accident Sunday evening.

Ravnsborg, a Republican, was elected South Dakota attorney general in 2018, according to his office's website. Almost 22 hours passed before investigators identified the body with family members, according to Nick Nemec, Mr Boever's cousin.

Ravnsborg was driving home from a GOP event, the Lincoln Day Dinner, at about 10:30 p.m. when the incident happened near Highmore.

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

According to CBS News, "Ravnsborg has received six traffic tickets for speeding in South Dakota over the last six years".

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