The Rapid City Journal reports:
The attorney general said in a statement today that he and the local sheriff searched a crash scene after he thought he hit a deer Saturday night but they both missed spotting the pedestrian he had hit and killed.
Jason Ravnsborg said he used Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek’s personal vehicle to drive home to Pierre and then returned it to Highmore the next day. As he passed by the crash scene Sunday morning, Ravnsborg said he stopped to look for the deer but instead found the body of Joe Boever, a 55-year-old man from Highmore.
Instead of calling 911 Ravnsborg drove to Volek’s house “to report the discovery,” leaving Boever on the side of the highway where he had been since 10:30 p.m. the night before. Ravnsborg shared this information and other details in a statement written on the letterhead of the Office of Attorney General and sent from his campaign email address.
South Dakota AG Jason Ravnsborg had six speeding infractions between 2014 and 2018. https://t.co/jjqe77P8w6
— ArgusLeader911 (@Argus911) September 14, 2020
Immediately after the crash, Ravnsborg called 911 and his other buddy, the local Sheriff, arrived and they had a look-see. Not finding anything (STELLAR POLICE WORK), the Sheriff let Ravnsborg use the Sheriff’s personal car to get home to the capital. Fine.
— Tarn Ohana 🔰 (@Gigawonk) September 15, 2020
At end of news briefing today on AG Jason Ravnsborg investigation, Governor Kristi Noem was asked by Keloland News for her reaction when she learned Sunday he had hit and killed pedestrian Joe Boever. “I can’t speak to that,” she replied, adding “Tragic situation.” #Kelonews
— KELO Bob Mercer (@pierremercer) September 15, 2020