South Dakota court orders sharing of crash victim’s records
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A judge overseeing the criminal trial of South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is ordering medical providers to turn over their health records for the man killed when Ravnsborg struck him last year.
This week, Judge John Brown issued letters to several hospitals and clinics, ordering them to provide records about Joe Boever’s psychiatric state.
The order comes after Ravnsborg’s defense alleged in court documents that Boever’s death may have been a suicide.
Ravnsborg is charged with three misdemeanor charges of careless driving, use of an electronic device while driving and illegal lane change. His trial is scheduled for next month.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s attorney general is attempting to access any psychiatric or psychological records of the man he struck and killed along a highway.
Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg alleges in court papers that the death may have been a suicide.
Ravnsborg faces three misdemeanor charges related to his driving when he struck and killed Joe Boever the night of Sept. 12.
Investigators say Ravnsborg was distracted and swerved out of his lane on Highway 14 near Highmore.
They say the 55-year-old Boever was walking on the shoulder with a flashlight.
The motion quotes a family member who said Boever was depressed.