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

South Dakota's Attorney General involved in fatal crash

The Department of Public Safety said Monday only that he told the Hyde County Sheriff's Office that he had hit a deer and did not say whether he reported the crash in a 911 call. The body of 55-year-old Joseph Boever, a pedestrian, was discovered on Sunday morning.

Boever's cousin, Victor Nemec, told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that Boever's truck hit a pile of hay earlier in the day and he was given a ride back home. He thinks that his cousin was "probably walking back to the pickup from his home in Highmore when he was struck by Ravnsborg".

Mr Nemec said he and his cousin had planned to fix Mr Boever's Ford pickup truck the next day, but Mr Boever made a decision to walk back to his vehicle Saturday night instead.

"All information remains preliminary at this point", the department's statement continued.

"It seems like there has been a lot of foot-dragging and lack of investigating going on", Nemec told the station.

A spokesperson for Mr Ravnsborg said he had not been drinking on the night of the crash and that he called 911 immediately after the collision.

He had been at a fundraising dinner hosted by the Spink County Republicans at Rooster's Bar & Grill. "We have no reason to doubt that he did not continue that trend", he told ABC News.

Gov. Kristi Noem announced Sunday that South Dakota Highway Patrol will conduct an investigation into the incident, which will be overseen by Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price.

Ravnsborg confirmed the crash shortly after the governor's presser, stating that he was "shocked and filled with sorrow following the events of last night".

"He offered his condolences to the family of the victim before they even knew who the victim was", he said. "He also received tickets for a seat belt violation and for driving a vehicle without a proper exhaust and muffler system", the report also said.

Investigators have not determined if speeding was a factor in Saturday's accident.



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