Noem: Lack of action on Ravnsborg case ‘grave disservice’ to victim’s family
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Gov. Kristi Noem again expressed frustration Thursday over the handling the investigation into a fatal crash involving South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, saying those leading the case have not been responsive to her office’s requests for updates.
In a press briefing, Noem called the lack of action in the case a “grave disservice” to the family of Joseph Boever, who was struck and killed by Ravnsborg’s car in September. She added that her office has made inquiries “on a regular basis,” and have gotten no answers.
“I’m disappointed we haven’t seen some action taken by the states attorneys involved, and I hope that soon they will,” Noem said.
The decision on whether to press charges against Ravnsborg is in the hands of a group of states attorneys led by Hyde County Deputy State Attorney Emily Sovell. None of these offices have responded to requests for comment from Dakota News Now.
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Ravnsborg was driving home to Pierre on the night of Sept. 12 when he struck Boever, who was walking alongside the highway near Highmore. Ravnsborg said he thought he hit a deer, and did not realize he struck a person until he returned to retrieve his vehicle the next day. A Department of Public Safety crash report later determined Ravnsborg was “distracted” prior to the crash, but did go into detail on the distraction.
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