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South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was “distracted” before driving onto a highway shoulder where he struck and killed a pedestrian in September, Secretary of State Security Craig Price said Monday. Price said 55-year-old Joseph Boever was walking on the side of the road and showing some kind of light on the night of Sept. 12 when he was struck by Ravnsborg’s 2011 Ford Taurus.
Price did not describe what led Ravnsborg to get distracted. The last line of the “narrative” section of the state report reads, “The specific distraction is still under investigation.”
Ravnsborg told a 911 dispatcher that he hit
Ravnsborg told a 911 operator that he hit “something” in the middle of the road when Boever was killed. Boever’s relatives believed he was walking down the shoulder of the highway toward his truck that had crashed earlier that night.
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When a 911 operator asked if it could have been a deer, Ravnsborg initially said, “I have no idea” before adding, “It could be.”
Ravnsborg initially told a county sheriff sent to the crash site near Highmore in central South Dakota that he thought he had struck a deer on US Highway 14. He said he returned to the scene the next morning and found out that he had hit a man.
CBS affiliate KELO-TV reports that the state also released a photo of Ravnsborg’s vehicle after the accident.
Ravnsborg is a Republican, serving his first term in office after winning election in 2018.
The investigation is still awaiting numerous reports, including a coroner’s summary and toxicology results, Price said. The speed limit at the crash site was 65 mph, but it’s unclear how fast Ravnsborg was driving.
The attorney general was driving Pierre’s home from a Republican fundraiser about 110 miles away in Redfield. Ravnsborg had said that he had nothing to drink.
A toxicology report taken approximately 15 hours after the accident showed that there was no alcohol in the Ravnsborg system, although at least one expert said it would have been enough time for the alcohol to leave the body of someone who had been drinking heavily.
A preliminary autopsy report showed that Boever died from extensive traumatic injuries in the accident. His family members have questioned Ravnsborg’s version of events.
An accident reconstruction expert from Wyoming and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted the South Dakota Highway Patrol in the investigation.
Such accidents would normally be investigated by the South Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which reports to the attorney general’s office. The other agencies took over the investigation to avoid a conflict of interest.
Ravnsborg has continued to work as attorney general.