South Dakota AG Hit Pedestrian, Reported Hitting Deer

The Rapid City Journal reports:

South Dakota’s attorney general reported hitting a deer Saturday night but actually hit and killed a man whose body wasn’t discovered until the next morning, the Department of Public Safety said Monday morning.

The release does not say if Ravnsborg stopped to confirm that he hit a deer or inspect his vehicle for damage. It also doesn’t say if Ravnsborg called 911, the non-emergency line or someone from the office. The Journal has requested audio recordings of this call and all other calls related to the crash.

The body Joe Boever, a 55-year-old from Highmore, was discovered the next morning. The release does not say where Boever was found and who found him.

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Ravnsborg said in a statement that he was “shocked and filled with sorrow” after the crash. “As Governor Noem stated, I am fully cooperating with the investigation and I fully intend to do so moving forward. At this time I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family.”

A spokesman for Mr. Ravnsborg said he was returning from a South Dakota Republican Party event, the Lincoln Day Dinner in Redfield, at the time of the crash, and that he called 911 “at approximately 10:24 p.m. and informed authorities that he had struck something.”

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader named the person killed as Joe Boever, 55, citing his cousin, Victor Nemec. Mr. Nemec said Mr. Boever had apparently been walking on the side of the road sometime after hitting a hay bale with his truck. When he was not at home the next morning, the family contacted the authorities.