Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg killed a pedestrian while driving last month. According to a preliminary autopsy report, 55-year-old Joseph Boever had serious injuries “both internally and externally,” said Craig Price, cabinet secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Security, at a news conference Tuesday.
In a September statement, Ravnsborg’s chief of staff Timothy Bormann called the crash “a tragic accident”.
The crash occurred on the evening of September 12, Price said. Ravnsborg gave the officers a blood sample the next day. The results of this blood test showed that his blood alcohol level was 0%.
Price was asked by reporters why no blood sample was drawn on the night of the crash.
“I will not speculate about the work of others,”
; he said. “I know that once our office got involved, the next day … we worked efficiently to get this information.”
According to the emergency call released by officials this week, Ravnsborg said to dispatchers “I hit something” that was in the middle of the street.
The dispatcher asked, “Are you hurt at all, Jason?”
Ravnsborg replied: “It’s not me, but my car is damn safe.”
The attorney general had initially told the police that he had hit a deer, the state security department said last month. Boever’s body was discovered the next morning, the department had said.
A final autopsy report could take several weeks, Price said Tuesday.
The investigation into the fatal crash is taking longer than others, Price said, as North Dakota investigators are involved and their journey takes about a day.
“These things add complexity and some things add to the timeline of what is expected of us,” he said.