South Dakota AG runs over man, initially claimed he hit deer

Cheryl Sanders
September 15, 2020

South Dakota's attorney general struck and killed a man while driving on Saturday night, a death that was discovered after he initially told police he had hit a deer, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety said Monday.

The next morning, a body was found in the road instead, that of 55-year-old Joe Boever.

Gov. Kristi Noem announced Sunday that South Dakota Highway Patrol will conduct an investigation into the incident, which will be overseen by Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price.

A spokesperson for Mr Ravnsborg said he had not been drinking on the night of the crash and that he called 911 immediately after the collision.

Victor Nemec, Boever's cousin, said in an interview with the Argus Leader that the attorney general "hit my cousin as he was walking down the side of the road and killed him".

Nemec told ABC affiliate Dakota News Now he hasn't been contacted by the state and he believes it is being tight-lipped about the investigation. He also inspected the damage to the vehicle and looked for an injured animal, but did not find one, Ravnsborg said.

Bormann said he doesn't believe that Ravnsborg drank at the event.

Ravnsborg, a Republican, was elected South Dakota attorney general in 2018, according to his office's website.

Investigators have not determined if speeding was a factor in Saturday's accident.

Ravnsborg was driving home from a GOP event, the Lincoln Day Dinner, at about 10:30 p.m. when the incident happened near Highmore. The circumstances of the accident and the amount of time it took for the body to be discovered and identified has raised concerns for the victim's family members.

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. Victor and his brother, Nick Nemec, were asked to identify Boever's body later that night.

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