Governor Kristi Noem said Thursday that a group of prosecutors who conducted an investigation into a fatal accident involving Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg had failed to respond to her government’s request about the status of the investigation.
“We regularly ask questions and have not received any responses,” Noem said during a press conference when asked about the September 12 accident that led to the death of Joseph Boever.
Noem added that this was a “serious disadvantage” for Boever’s family, reiterating the comments she made a month ago about a lack of action on the matter. She said she was “disappointed” and hoped the prosecutors, led by Hyde County’s assistant district attorney Emily Sovell, would quickly complete their investigation. Sovell has refused to communicate with the media about the investigation.
Ravnsborg was driving back from a political incident in Redfield on the night of September 12 when he hit and killed Boever, 55, who was walking west of Highmore on the side of State Highway 14. Ravnsborg reported on the accident and Hyde County Sheriff Volek responded to the scene.
Volek allowed Ravnsborg to borrow a personal vehicle to return to Pierre, while Ravnsborg’s Ford Taurus, which was badly damaged, was towed to Pierre. Ranvnsborg said he thought he hit a deer.
But the next day, when he was bringing Volek’s vehicle back, Ravnsborg said he stopped at the scene and discovered Boever’s body.
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety, with the assistance of North Dakota investigators, has completed an investigation into the collision. However, the results of this investigation were released to the prosecutors team weeks ago.
Public Safety Secretary Craig Price said Ravnsborg was distracted when he drove onto the shoulder of the Autobahn and met Boever. But the kind of distraction was never made public.