United States: Prosecutor crushes a pedestrian and claims to have hit a deer

The Attorney General of South Dakota announced that he hit a deer at the wheel of his car on Saturday evening, September 12, 2020. It was in fact a pedestrian whose body was not found until the next day, reported the Department of Public Safety of this U.S. state. Jason Ravnsborg, a 44-year-old Republican congressman who heads the judicial services in the rural northern state, said he did not realize he had hit a human being. The victim, Joseph Boever, was 55 years old and was not located until Sunday morning. Jason Ravnsborg was not injured.

The killing was confirmed by South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem in a press conference on Sunday. “The attorney general was involved in a collision,” she said. “There is one deceased person. The state’s Department of Public Safety did not specify when or how Jason Ravnsborg reported to the sheriff’s department that he had hit a deer. The accident occurred at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, after the prosecutor was pulled out of an election fundraising dinner. The investigation was turned over to the local highway patrol.

“A doe doesn’t look like a human.”
The victim’s relatives, however, expressed fears that the case would be hushed up, including a possible hit-and-run. They deplored that they were not called until Sunday around 7:30 p.m. to identify the body. “A doe does not look like a human,” said Victor Nemec, a cousin of Joseph Boever, quoted by the Rapid City Journal. A spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety did not say whether the attorney general had taken a blood alcohol test. Jason Ravnsborg received six speeding fines between 2014 and 2018, and was guilty of several other traffic violations, including one for not wearing a seat belt, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper.

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