South Dakota Attorney General Reports Hitting Deer But Accused of Hitting & Killing Person Instead

The South Dakota attorney general has been accused of fatally striking a pedestrian over the weekend and reporting it as a wildlife crash.

Ellen Fike

September 14, 20201 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

South Dakota’s attorney general has been accused of hitting a pedestrian in eastern South Dakota with his car over the weekend and reporting instead that he collided with an animal.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was driving the vehicle involved in the crash when it occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Hyde County, South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem announced Sunday.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price joined Noem at the news conference on Sunday to talk about the investigation.

Few details about the accident were provided at the news conference and no information was provided about reports that Ravnsborg reporting hitting wildlife after the incident.

But a news release from DPS confirmed Ravnsborg told sheriff’s officers he hit a deer and hadn’t been injured in the collision.

The pedestrian’s body was found Sunday morning and was identified as 55-year-old Highmore, South Dakota, resident Joseph Boever.

Ravnsborg has been in office since 2018.

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