South Dakota AG speaks out on fatal crash


South Dakota Attorney Typical Jason Ravnsborg mentioned he basically identified the physique of the pedestrian he fatally struck Saturday night — when he returned to the scene a day later on.

Ravnsborg, in a two-web site statement issued late Monday, claimed he did not notice he strike Joe Boever, 55, on the facet of Highway 14, and experienced assumed it was a deer until finally he returned again on Sunday early morning.

The AG claimed the crash occurred as he was driving house from the Spink County Lincoln Day Meal in Redfield all over 9:15 p.m. He additional he did not have any alcoholic drinks in advance of throughout or after the occasion.

“I straight away known as 911 to report the incident and [Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek] came to the scene,” Ravnsborg stated. “I seemed close to the motor vehicle in the dark and observed absolutely nothing to indicate what I had strike.

“At no time did possibly of us suspect that I had been involved in an incident with a man or woman,” the AG went on to say.

Ravnsborg and Volek arranged for the AG to borrow the sheriff’s particular auto to generate back residence for the reason that his own car or truck was too broken to drive. The AG uncovered the overall body of Boever the subsequent early morning, as he and his chief of team ended up passing by the scene to return the sheriff’s automobile, he stated.

“I discovered the physique of Mr. Boever in the grass just off the roadway,” Ravnsborg went on. “My chief of team and I checked and it was obvious that Mr. Boever was deceased.”

Boever was walking on the side of the road at the time of the crash, towards his personal broken-down car that was in a ditch nearby, his cousin, Victor Nemec, advised the Argus Leader.

“I promptly drove to Sheriff Volek’s household to report the discovery and he accompanied me back to the scene,” Ravnsorg additional. “Once there, the sheriff instructed me that he would deal with the investigation, and asked me to return to Pierre.”

Ravnsborg stated he is absolutely cooperating with the ongoing investigation, which is currently being done by the condition Freeway Patrol, with the support of the condition Bureau of Felony Investigation and Gov. Kristi Noem, The New York Occasions reported.

Ravnsborg stated he would not be taking any concerns on the crash throughout the investigation and that he had only issued a statement to “dispel some of the rumor and innuendo” getting unfold as the news broke of Boever’s death.

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic character of these activities and my heartfelt condolences go out to the Boever family members,” he extra.