Ravnsborg: “I consumed no alcoholic beverages” on night of fatal car accident
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has issued a statement following his involvement in a fatal crash that occurred on Saturday, September 12.
In his statement, Ravnsborg said that he had not consumed any alcoholic beverages before, during, or after attending the Spink County Lincoln Day Dinner in Redfield, S.D.
After leaving the dinner around 9:15 p.m., Ravnsborg was traveling back to Pierre when he struck something with his vehicle, which he presumed to be a deer. Ravnsborg stated that he got out of his car to investigate and immediately called 911 to report the accident, at which point the Hyde County Sheriff came to the scene.
Ravnsborg also stated that he was not able to find what he hit after using his cellphone flashlight to search through the dark.
In his statement Ravnsborg stated that at no point did he or the sheriff believe that he was in an accident with a person.
After the proper paperwork was filled out, Sheriff Volek informed Ravnsborg that it could take over an hour before a tow truck could arrive on scene once they determined that Ravnsborg’s car was too damaged to safely drive.
Sheriff Volek let Ravnsborg take his personal vehicle back to Pierre.
According to Ravnsborg’s statement, he and his chief of staff made plans to return the vehicle the next day and left Sunday morning at about 8:00 a.m. They drove by the debris and stopped to look for the animal they believed that had been hit. Upon looking, they discovered the body of Joseph Boever, who was in the grass off the roadway.
Ravnsborg checked Boever and said that it was “apparent” that he was dead. He then drove the car to Sheriff Volek’s home along with his chief of staff to report the discovery of the body. Volek accompanied Ravnsborg back to the scene at which point the Sheriff said that he would handle the investigation.
Volek instructed Ravnsborg to head back to Pierre, to which Ravnsborg complied.
According to Ravnsborg, he has been fully cooperating with authorities during the investigation and will not be answering questions at this time. In his statement, Ravnsborg also gave his condolences to the Boever family.
You can view Ravnsborg’s full letter/statement below.