South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg spoke with reporters Monday for the first time since striking and killing a pedestrian in the central part of the state in September.
He told them he’s confident he hasn’t committed a crime and that the investigation into the accident will confirm it.
Ravnsborg was driving home from a political event about 10:30 pm Sept 12 when he struck 55-year old Joseph Boever of Highmore on Hwy 14 a mile west of Highmore.
He said he thought he hit a deer and called 911, but a search found nothing. Ravnsborg discovered Boever’s body in a ditch the next morning as he was returning a borrowed car.
The attorney general said Monday he believes that when all the facts are in, not just a selected amount of facts, the full story will be known and he’ll make a full statement.
Authorities say Ravnsborg may have been driving while distracted, but he said takes “great dispute” with any claim that he’s lying – adding that some things have come out that he doesn’t believe are accurate.
The investigation into the accident is continuing with Hyde County State’s Attorney Chrystal Johnson telling the Sioux Falls Argus Leader it could be finished by Christmas.
Johnson said she’s consulting with the state’s attorneys in Pennington, Minnehaha and Beadle counties to determine which, if any, criminal charges are justified.