South Dakota Attorney General fatally hits pedestrian while driving, says he thought it was deer

Jason Ravnsborg was involved in the crash on Saturday night.
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South Dakota's Attorney General was involved in a fatal collision on Saturday evening that claimed the life of a pedestrian, and he reportedly told police afterwards that he thought he'd hit a deer.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced Sunday night that Jason Ravnsborg was involved in a fatal crash, but revealed few other details as to who was involved and what transpired.

On Monday, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety confirmed that Joseph Boever, 55, of Highmore, SD, died after being struck by Ravnsborg's Ford Taurus on U.S. Hwy. 14 at around 10:30 p.m.

His body was found on Sunday morning, with the Highway Patrol saying Ravnsborg told them he thought he'd struck a deer, per the Argus Leader.

His spokesman told the Associated Press that Ravsnborg "immediately called 911," though the DPS release does not state if Ravnsborg stopped at the scene, nor if he called 911 or a non-emergency line.

"I am shocked and filled with sorrow following the events of last night," Ravnsborg said in a statement on Sunday.

The Rapid City Journal reports that Ravnsborg was on his way back to his home in Pierre after attending a South Dakota GOP fundraising dinner about 110 miles away in Redfield.

His spokesman said that Ravnsborg has made it a practice not to drink at Lincoln Day events.

The incident remains under investigation, with Ravnsborg saying he's cooperating.

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