South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was involved in a fatal crash on Saturday night that was originally reported to law enforcement as a collision with a deer. Tony Mangan, a spokesman for the department, would not confirm whether Ravnsborg called 911, saying it is part of the ongoing investigation.
"This is a tragic accident and the Office of the Attorney General extends our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Mr. Boever", Ravnsborg's chief of staff, Tim Bormann, said in a statement to POLITICO.
Ravnsborg said in a statement, "I am shocked and filled with sorrow following the events of last night".
Gov. Kristi Noem announced Sunday that South Dakota Highway Patrol will conduct an investigation into the incident, which will be overseen by Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price.
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation was also asked to assist in the investigation, according to Bormann.
Ravnsborg was traveling home from a Republican fundraiser over a hundred miles away, the Associated Press reported. "The whole thing stinks to me".
The pedestrian's body was found the next morning by state investigators. The "Lincoln Day Dinner", which charged guests $50 in advance and $30 at the door, included a raffle to win a.45 handgun with "Donald Trump 45th", and "Make America Great Again" engraved into the barrel, according to the event's page on the South Dakota Republican Party's website. The attorney general is known to be a frequent attendee of the fundraisers known as Lincoln Day Dinners, held by county GOP groups across the state.
"I didn't see him with anything but a Coke", said state Sen.
Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota attorney general, speaks during a news conference outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.