South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price will be holding a press conference today (Tuesday) at 1pm to discuss the investigation into the fatal crash involving Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.
Ravnsborg was involved in a crash on September 12th that killed 55-year-old Joe Boever as he walked along U.S. Highway 14 near Highmore.
Ravnsborg said he was returning home to Pierre from a GOP Dinner in Redfield earlier that evening when he struck something that he thought was a deer. Ravnsborg said he stopped to investigate the crash, contacted the Hyde County Sheriff about the crash, and used his cellphone flashlight to check the area for the animal he thought he hit. He did not see Boever’s body in the ditch.
Ravnsborg said that his vehicle was too damaged to drive to Pierre, so he had borrowed a car from the deputy sheriff. The following morning, Ravnsborg, along with his chief of staff, were returning the deputy’s car to Highmore when he said he stopped by the scene to see if he could locate the deer he had struck. That's when, Ravnsborg says, he discovered the body of Boever in the ditch.
South Dakota authorities have asked the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation to assist the South Dakota Highway Patrol with the investigation to eliminate any conflict's in the case. The South Dakota DCI reports directly to Ravnsborg.
KXLG will carry the press conference live today at 1pm.