South Dakota AG Reported Hitting Deer, But Police Found Man's Body
Sep 16 2020
The accident occurred as Ravnsborg was driving home from a dinner hosted by the state GOP.
"A human doesn't look like a deer", he said.
In Ravnsborg's own words, he's "shocked and filled with sorrow following the events of last night". Pieces of his vehicle lay on the road. Ravnsborg said he used his cellphone flashlight to search the ditch for the animal he believed he had hit. He said that all he could see were pieces of his vehicle.
Ravnsborg says he thought he'd hit a deer Saturday night west of Highmore and says he called 9-1-1 right after the collision.
"At no time did either of us suspect that I had been in an accident with a person", Ravnsborg said.
The Ford Taurus had been damaged too severely to drive back to Pierre, where Ravnsborg lives.
The Attorney General of South Dakota, Jason Ravnsborg has been caught in a lie that could land him in jail.
With his auto wrecked, Ravnsborg said he borrowed the sheriff's personal vehicle to return to his home in Pierre.
Ravnsborg said he drove to Volek's house and reported the dead body. This time, Ravnsborg said, they found Boever's body. "It was apparent that Mr. Boever was deceased".
Ravnsborg's spokesperson claims that Ravnsborg was not drinking before getting behind the wheel, and authorities are investigating this and other details of the accident. "As Gov. Noem stated, I am fully cooperating with the investigation and I fully intend to continue to do so moving forward".
Mr Ravnsborg's spokesman said the attorney general was driving home from a Republican fundraiser when he struck the pedestrian on US Highway 14.
According to CBS News, "Ravnsborg has received six traffic tickets for speeding in South Dakota over the last six years". Victor and his brother, Nick Nemec, were asked to identify Boever's body later that night.
"It seems like there has been a lot of foot-dragging and lack of investigating going on", Nemec told the station. "This state is known for covering up wrongdoing of elected officials all the time". Boever told his cousin that he had been reaching for some tobacco.
Nemec said he thinks Boever walked along the highway Saturday night to get to the truck.
One the way, he passed the truck, still abandoned in the ditch.
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. Then, he called the sheriff's office to ask if his cousin had been involved in a vehicle accident. He said he was supposed to go back to his cousin's home on Sunday to assist in fixing the truck.
The victim has been identified as Joseph Boever, 56. "I mean, we have no answers yet".
"Why did my husband lie in a ditch for 22 hours?" she told KELO.