South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem confirmed on Sunday that the Attorney General of the state of South Dakota had been involved in a fatal crash in South Dakota’s Hyde County.
The crash has since been described as a vehicle-on-pedestrian involving a fatality, where the AG was identified as the driver of the vehicle.
The Governor held a brief press conference Sunday and was joined by Craig Price, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, who oversees the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Video of the conference is below.
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Details at the press conference were few, but a subsequent press release from the Department of Public Safety confirms that 44-year-old Jason Ravnsborg of Pierre, SD; identified as the South Dakota Attorney General, was driving a 2011 Ford Taurus was westbound on U.S. Highway 14, at approximately 10:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
Ravnsborg told the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office that he had been involved in a car-deer crash, however the body of a pedestrian was discovered Sunday morning.
The deceased has been identified as 55-year-old Joseph Boever of Highmore, SD.
Ravnsborg was not reportedly injured.
“South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continue to investigate the crash. All information remains preliminary at this point,” the Department of Safety said monday.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the appropriate prosecuting office.