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Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:41 PM

South Dakota AG Reported Hitting Deer, Actually Killed Man, Investigators Say

Source: Bloomberg News

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (STEPHEN GROVES)
September 14, 2020, 11:08 AM CDT Updated on September 14, 2020, 1:05 PM CDT



Jason Ravnsborg Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg reported hitting a deer with his car on Saturday night but actually killed a pedestrian whose body was not found until the next day, state investigators said Monday.

Ravnsborg's office has said he immediately called 911 after the accident and did not realize he had hit a man until his body was found. The Department of Public Safety issued a statement Monday that said only that Ravnsborg told the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office that he had hit a deer and did not say whether he reported the crash in a 911 call.

The man, who was identified as 55-year-old Joseph Boever, was not found until Sunday morning.

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem had revealed Sunday that Ravnsborg was involved in a fatal crash and said the Department of Public Safety was investigating, but neither she nor the agency had provided any details about what happened.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-14/south-dakota-ag-says-he-wasn-t-drinking-before-fatal-crash



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Reply South Dakota AG Reported Hitting Deer, Actually Killed Man, Investigators Say (Original post)
Judi Lynn Monday OP
Thomas Hurt Monday #1
CurtEastPoint Monday #2
drray23 Monday #3
Dios Mio Monday #13
marble falls Monday #18
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:43 PM

1. cool story bro...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:47 PM

2. JFC: Look up 'pasty dweeb douchebag incel repube' and there ya have it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:47 PM

3. yeah not suspect at all

The old, I thought I hit a deer excuse. Bullshit, he was drunk and fled the scene. Even if you actually hit a deer, you would stop to check the damage and see that it was a deer.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 03:26 PM

13. Yep.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 04:18 PM

18. I hate to admit it, but that was my first thought. Hit and Run and report a deer strike.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:47 PM

4. SO he couldn't tell the difference between a deer and human being..........

not going to go over well, but now days you never know..............people in power .................

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:49 PM

5. Mr. Ravnsborg better hope

Pedestrian crouched over wearing faux fur jumpsuit?

When was the last time you were driving and couldn't distinguish between a pedestrian and a large animal?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:49 PM

6. Well, that's it then. Emulating Jerry Lundegaard ??

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:56 AM

30. LOL! Was he driving a tan Sierra??

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:53 PM

7. Leaving the scene of an accident. Involuntary manslaughter.

AG - prosecute thyself.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:53 PM

8. Who knows the real story

If you are on a road where you are not expecting people to be - and hit something - it would not be out of the ordinary to think you hit something else like an animal. Given the time or conditions, one may not even stop.

That being said, the pessimist in me says he was drunk.

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Response to ScratchCat (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 03:01 PM

10. We do know he's gotten 6 speeding tickets in the last 6 years.

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Response to PaulRevere08 (Reply #10)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 04:19 PM

19. You pretty much have to be speeding 100% of the time to get 6 speeding tickets in South Dakota

And well above the limit!

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Response to ScratchCat (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 06:25 PM

20. When I was 19 I was driving from Portland over the Coast Range to Seaside.

It must have been 10 or 11 pm, with others in the car. We were talking.

Talking, I saw a flash of something and a crunch. We ran over it, whatever it was. It was rainy, and while there wasn't a dent there also wasn't any blood. Can't imagine there couldn't of been.

They decided it was a dog. That seemed reasonable at the time to me, the stupid kid in the car. I wasn't driving.

Now it seems completely unreasonable. Dogs aren't that common 20 miles from a town near no housing, up in the mountains where off the right side it's mostly just "down" and the left side has brush sprouting at eye level because it's all "up".

So, not a dog. Raccoon, I guess. Yearling black tail, perhaps. "Person" doesn't come to mind. Without having gone back to check, there'd be no way of knowing (and no safe way to go back and stop on the curvy mountain road with scant shoulder). Didn't follow the news and there'd be no reason for any cops to check on the Portland-registered car that hit the critter.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:58 PM

9. Ugh, I just read his Wikipedia page

and he comes off as a typical woman hating, gun toting right winger. Only really good thing on it is joining the fight against robocalls, along with 48 other state AGs.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 03:04 PM

11. He is a Trumpster

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 03:08 PM

12. If he's cleared of any criminal charges, the surviving family members

should sue his smug ass.

You can't fight city hall, but you can fight an individual in court.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #12)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 03:45 PM

14. He can be sued regardless of his criminal status. n/t

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Response to Calista241 (Reply #14)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 03:50 PM

15. I would hope so.

A 20-year prison stint would be the cherry on top.

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Response to Calista241 (Reply #14)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 06:36 PM

21. Family should immediately ask for blood test

I would for sure, before it's too late.

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Response to bluestarone (Reply #21)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 06:51 PM

22. it's already too late. once sober, you can't be tested for potential intoxication level.

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Response to Calista241 (Reply #22)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 07:22 PM

25. Well I hope some surveillance Video from the bar comes out

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 03:54 PM

16. I live with deer hazards on all my local roads and highways. When you hit one,

You pull over at the first safe opportunity to inspect damage. You’ll see fur stuck to your vehicle in most cases. You don’t just keep driving. That’s insanity.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #16)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 04:17 PM

17. What you said is totally true

There is no way to tell how bad the damage is without stopping and checking it over.
Plus there is the insurance aspect. They usually like to have some police check the situation out to verify your story when you try to get the car fixed.

Just had a little run in with a deer about two years back.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #16)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 07:15 PM

23. Yup... same situation here.

Accidentally hit a mule-deer a couple of years ago up here in the great
Bananaslug Sanctuary, Howling Wilderness portion of CA. The unfortunate creature
limped off into the woods afterwards, but hopefully survived. Lots
of deer fur stuck onto the car, nose prints smeared on the windshield
and a slight dent in the passenger side fender, so I imagine poor Bambi
fared much, much worse for that than we did.
You have to be pretty damn drunk/high/stupid to not know the
difference between running over a biped and a quadruped...
especially one that may have had effing antlers!!!
Gaaaahhh!!!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 07:20 PM

24. Gonna go out on a limb...

Too drunk to even know what he hit...and too drunk to care...

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Response to Mazeltov Cocktail (Reply #24)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 01:58 AM

31. The article doesn't state what time this accident occured...

If it was between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m., your assumptions are credible.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 09:47 PM

28. Did enough time pass to sober up before he spoke in person to the police rather than by telephone?

Did enough time pass to sober up before he spoke in person to the police rather than by telephone?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:40 AM

29. This exact scenario is the basis for 2nd or 3rd season (series) of Line of Duty on Acorn TV

Case of the cover up is worse than the crime.

She's drunk, hits and kills a person, she goes to cop boyfriend, who goes to great lengths to cover it up. Pretty wild show.

Very good series. 6 episodes per season (British calls them series' instead of season)

Though it is the start of rutting season and the bucks will attack cars on the highway. A niece of a former supervisor was killed a couple of years ago driving a busy highway at twilight. Rutting season is a dangerous time when you drive, usually around daybreak or twilight. Rutting season usually ends around the end of November or first frost.

Do a search on cars hitting a deer pics - the deer usually will take out an entire front end if you hit it.

If you see a deer on side of the road, drive toward the deer because it will try to cross the road when they see you. Barely escaped hitting a deer but the driver I was with was very skilled and knew what to do. We came so close...

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