Rachel Maguire Rachel Maguire Oct 14, 2020
  • Attorney general Jason Ravnsborg killed a pedestrian last month while driving and is in prison.
  • A preliminary autopsy report said the man, 55-year-old Joseph Boever, had serious injuries.
  • The attorney general had initially told police that he had hit a deer, the state's public safety department said last month the investigation into the fatal car crash is taking longer because North Dakota investigators are involved, and their travel takes about a day.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg killed a pedestrian last month while driving and is in prison. A preliminary autopsy report said the man, 55-year-old Joseph Boever, had serious injuries “both internally and externally,” South Dakota Department of Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Craig Price said at a news conference Tuesday. Ravnsborg gave officials blood samples the next day. Results from that blood test showed his blood alcohol content is 0%. South Dakota attorney general involved in fatal car crash originally reported he hit a deer-although he wasn't. Reporters asked Craig Price why a blood sample wasn't taken the night of the crash. “These things increase complexity, and some things add up to the timeline of what we expect to do,” he said. “Our office became involved,” Ravnsborg told dispatchers, according to the 911 call. In the 911 call this week, Ravnsborg told dispatchers, “I hit something” that was in the middle of the road. The dispatcher asked, “Are you injured at all, Jason?” To which Ravnsborg replied”, “No, but my car sure as hell is.”

The attorney general had initially told police that he had hit a deer, the state's public safety department said last month. Boever's body was found the following morning, the department had said. The final autopsy report could take several weeks, Price said on Tuesday. The investigation into the fatal crash is taking longer than others, Price said. The investigation into the crash takes longer because North Dakota investigators are involved, and their travel takes about a day. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says Ravnsborg is not on leave but is continuing his duties. South Dakota official released the 911 call and toxicology reports into a fatal car crash on Tuesday.

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