The investigation into South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg hitting and killing a pedestrian with his car late at night September 12 says he was distracted and driving on the shoulder of the highway at the time.
55-year old Joe Beover of Highmore died at the scene on Hwy 14 just west of Highmore, but his body wasn’t found until the next morning. Investigators say Beover was displaying some type of light.
The final report on the accident is being finalized and will be given to the Hyde County State’s Attorney to determine if charges are warrant. Gov Kristi Noem says she won’t have comments or take action unless or until Ravnsborg is charged.
The crash report shows Ravnsborg was driving on the north shoulder heading west when he struck Beover. He says he immediately stopped and called 911 because he thought he’d hit something in the middle of the road.
SD Public Safety Secretary Craig Price says the “nature of the distraction” for Ravnsborg won’t be released at this time and gives no hints on any charges.
Price reminded reporters Monday morning that “there are certain things that are against the law to do in your vehicle to take your attention off the road (and there’s also a lot of distracting things you do in your vehicle that are not against the law.
The crash occurred as Ravnsborg was returning to Pierre following a GOP event in Redfield. He insisted he had not had any alcohol at the event, and his blood-alcohol content 15 hours after the crash tested at zero.