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PICTURED: GOP event at bar that South Dakota AG attended before he reported hitting a deer on his drive home when he actually killed a man - as victim's family call his story 'fishy'

New pictures have emerged of the GOP dinner at a bar that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg attended before he reported hitting a deer on his 110-mile drive home when he actually struck and killed a man.
Photos posted on the Spink County Republicans' Facebook page show Ravnsborg sitting near the stage at the small Republican fundraiser at Rooster's Bar and Grill in Redfield Saturday night, hours before he hit 55-year-old Jason Boever with his vehicle on his drive home. 
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem vowed Tuesday to add 'an extra level of transparency and accountability' to the case by having state investigators release their probe into the fatal crash. 
Ravnsborg, who has eight traffic tickets since 2014, including six for speeding, has said he didn't drink any alcohol on the fateful night. 
However, the victim's family have voiced doubts over the attorney general's version of events and said they are worried investigators won't get to the bottom of what happened. 
Pointed questions are also being asked around how the AG could have mistaken a deer for a person, particularly given the prevalence of animal collisions in the area and Ravnsborg's tendency to make frequent, long trips along the state's highways for small political events. 
The GOP dinner at a bar that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (circled) attended before he reported hitting a deer on his 110-mile drive home when he actually struck and killed a man
The GOP dinner at a bar that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (circled) attended before he reported hitting a deer on his 110-mile drive home when he actually struck and killed a man
Photos posted on the Spink County Republicans Facebook page show Ravnsborg sitting near the stage at the small Republican fundraiser at Rooster's Bar and Grill in Redfield Saturday night, hours before he hit 55-year-old Jason Boever with his vehicle on his drive home
Photos posted on the Spink County Republicans Facebook page show Ravnsborg sitting near the stage at the small Republican fundraiser at Rooster's Bar and Grill in Redfield Saturday night, hours before he hit 55-year-old Jason Boever with his vehicle on his drive home
The attorney general was driving from the fundraiser in Redfield to his home some 110 miles away in Pierre on Saturday night when he hit something in the dark that he said he presumed to be an animal. 
In a statement on Monday night Ravnsborg said he immediately called 911 and searched the area by flashlight along with Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek, who responded to the scene, but they didn't find anything.
It wasn't until the next morning that Boever's body was discovered in a ditch when Ravnsborg returned to the crash site with his chief of staff.   
Ravnsborg was pictured sitting at the front of the event which appeared to have been attended by only around two dozen people.
Photos show the group listening to speakers at the podium and tucking in to some food.   

Witnesses at the fundraiser have vouched for the attorney general that they didn't see him drinking alcohol and that he did not seem 'impaired in any way shape or form'.  
'The program concluded about 9pm, constituents stuck around for some personal questions with the legislators and officials still present, and AG Ravnsborg left shortly after 9pm in the evening,' Spink County Chairman Larry Nielson and Spink County Vice Chairwoman Jennifer Boerger said in a statement on the Facebook page. 
'In our judgement he was not impaired in any way shape or form.' 
This defense of the AG comes as Boever's devastated relatives called the fatal crash 'fishy' and expressed concern that authorities could bungle the investigation to protect Ravnsborg - the top law enforcement official in the state. 
South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (picured) mowed down 55-year-old Jason Boever with his car near Highmore on Saturday night and called 911 to report that he'd hit a deer
Relatives of Boever (pictured) criticized authorities for being tight-lipped about their investigation and expressed fear that they may try to protect Ravnsborg
South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (left) mowed down 55-year-old Jason Boever (right) with his car near Highmore on Saturday night and called 911 to report that he'd hit a deer
Ravnsborg was pictured sitting at the front of the event which appeared to have been attended by only around two dozen people
Ravnsborg was pictured sitting at the front of the event which appeared to have been attended by only around two dozen people
Photos show the group listening to speakers at the podium and tucking in to some food. Witnesses at the fundraiser have vouched for the attorney general that they didn't see him drinking alcohol and that he did not seem 'impaired in any way shape or form'
Photos show the group listening to speakers at the podium and tucking in to some food. Witnesses at the fundraiser have vouched for the attorney general that they didn't see him drinking alcohol and that he did not seem 'impaired in any way shape or form'
Boever's cousins, Nick and Victor Nemec, have now said they are worried that investigators might not make a complete effort to find out the truth about what happened to him. 
The Nemecs criticized authorities for being tight-lipped about their progress and for taking so long to identify Boever, even though he had been reported missing by Victor 10 hours before his body was found.  
'It just seems fishy,' Nick told South Dakota News Watch. 'It just seems like they're looking for an excuse to make it less than it was.'  
Victor had contacted the Hyde County Sheriff's Office on Sunday morning and said that Boever was missing and may have been involved in the Highmore collision. 
He notified officers that Boever's truck was in a ditch near the accident scene after he crashed it into a hay bale on Saturday morning.  
Despite his report, Victor said authorities still haven't approached him for an interview. 
'I believe they're more interested in getting their story straight before they actually ask me questions,' Victor told SDNW. 
'I told them that I was probably one of the last people to see my cousin alive. I could make any kind of statement that they needed. And they really didn't acknowledge that.'
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem vowed Tuesday to add 'an extra level of transparency and accountability' to the case by having state investigators release their probe into the fatal crash. Pictured the bar where it all began
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem vowed Tuesday to add 'an extra level of transparency and accountability' to the case by having state investigators release their probe into the fatal crash. Pictured the bar where it all began 
Ravnsborg, who has eight traffic tickets since 2014, including six for speeding, has said he didn't drink any alcohol at Roosters (pictured) on the fateful night
Ravnsborg, who has eight traffic tickets since 2014, including six for speeding, has said he didn't drink any alcohol at Roosters (pictured) on the fateful night
'It took them 10 hours from the time my brother essentially solved the unidentified body for them at 10 o'clock in the morning saying: 'We're missing our cousin, Joe, and we can't find him. And that's his pickup in the ditch,'' Nick, a former Democratic state legislator, told the outlet.  
The Nemecs aired their concerns shortly before Ravnsborg released his own statement, revealing that he was the one who discovered Boever's body.    
Michael Card, a political science professor at the University of South Dakota, told the Associated Press many were also asking questions over how Ravnsborg could have mistaken the victim for an animal.   
South Dakota is ranked as one of the most dangerous states for animal-vehicular collisions, according to State Farm Insurance, with crashes involving deer on the state's highways common.
Card said the familiarity with deer collisions means many have cast doubt on how a human and deer could be mistaken by a driver. 
Added to this that Ravnsborg would regularly make the drive hundreds of miles along the state's highways in his Ford Taurus to attend the small Lincoln Day Dinners and 'negative opinion' mounts, he said. 
Tire tracks are seen on the side of US Highway 14 near the area where Ranvsborg struck Boever as he drove home from a Republican fundraiser on Saturday night. Ravnsborg said he and the Hyde County sheriff both searched the area with flashlights immediately after the crash but neither of them spotted Boever in the ditch until the following day
Tire tracks are seen on the side of US Highway 14 near the area where Ranvsborg struck Boever as he drove home from a Republican fundraiser on Saturday night. Ravnsborg said he and the Hyde County sheriff both searched the area with flashlights immediately after the crash but neither of them spotted Boever in the ditch until the following day
Boever's damaged pickup truck is seen in the middle of a field after he had crashed into a hay bale hours before he was struck and killed by Ravnsborg
Boever's damaged pickup truck is seen in the middle of a field after he had crashed into a hay bale hours before he was struck and killed by Ravnsborg
'If this is people's lived experience, then he may be convicted in the court of public opinion,' Card said. 
'If they form a negative opinion collectively, he may not be able to get past this.'
Gov. Noem promised 'transparency' over the investigation in a press conference Tuesday and announced outside investigators were taking over the case. 
'We are adding an extra level of transparency and accountability that I think is necessary in this case,' Noem said. 
Boever's cousin Nick Nemec (pictured) said: 'It seems like [investigators are] looking for an excuse to make it less than it was'
Boever's cousin Nick Nemec (pictured) said: 'It seems like [investigators are] looking for an excuse to make it less than it was'
'We want to have a completed investigation that has integrity, that has been fair.' 
She has not addressed whether Ravnsborg should be asked to take a leave of absence during the investigation.   
Highway Patrol, part of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), is leading the investigation and will release its findings once complete, including all relevant 911 calls. 
No timescale has been provided over when the investigation will be completed.  
DPS Secretary Craig Price said the probe was taking 'very seriously' the need to avoid any conflict of interest and said it was 'all hands on deck'. 
A crash reconstruction expert from Wyoming will also be assisting with the case. 
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, which would normally be involved, is part of the attorney general's office. 
It is standard practice to request an outside agency to conduct an investigation when there may be a conflict of interest.  
Price said the Hyde County State’s Attorney Office will decide whether criminal charges should be filed and that State's Attorney Merlin Voorhees will recuse himself from the case if he has any conflict of interest.  
Boever’s autopsy was conducted Monday in Ramsey County, Minnesota, but the findings are yet to be released.   
Boever's family have expressed suspicion that authorities could be working to cover up details of the incident to protect Ravnsborg. Boever is pictured second from right with relatives
Boever's family have expressed suspicion that authorities could be working to cover up details of the incident to protect Ravnsborg. Boever is pictured second from right with relatives
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Ravnsborg arrived at the Spink County Lincoln Day Dinner around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, according to his statement. 
He said he then left the event around 9:15 p.m. Witnesses also said he left soon after 9pm. 
Ravnsborg said he hit 'something I believed to be a large animal (likely a deer)' soon after he passed Boever's hometown of Highmore.  
'I didn't see what I hit and stopped my vehicle immediately to investigate,' he wrote, adding that he pulled out the flashlight on his cell phone and all he could see were pieces of his car strewn across the roadway. 
The DPS said the crash occurred at 10:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 14, one mile west of Highmore and along a stretch of road lit up with street lamps. 
It takes one hour and seven minutes to drive from the restaurant to the crash site, reported Rapid City Journal.  
After Ravnsborg called 911, Sheriff Volek arrived at the scene to assess the damage to his car and search for what he had hit. 
He said they searched the area around the vehicle with flashlights but neither of them spotted Boever lying in a ditch. 
'At no time did either of us suspect that I had been involved in an accident with a person,' Ravnsborg wrote.
Because Ravnsborg's car was too damaged to drive and a tow truck would take over an hour to arrive, Volek offered to let the attorney general take his personal car back to Pierre.  
The following morning Ravnsborg and his chief of staff made the trip back to Highmore to return Volek's vehicle. 
The pair stopped at the crash site on their way and discovered a man's body in the grass near the roadway.  
'My chief of staff and I checked and it was apparent that Mr. Boever was deceased,' Ravnsborg wrote. 
'I immediately drove to Sheriff Volek's home to report the discovery and he accompanied me back to the scene. 
'Once there, the sheriff instructed me that he would handle the investigation, and asked me to return to Pierre.' 
The South Dakota Highway Patrol was notified about the fatality Sunday morning and an investigation was opened. 
Boever's family said they believe he was walking back to his car after he crashed it into a ditch earlier that day and that he had never met or interacted with the attorney general.   
On Sunday night, Gov Noem and Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price announced that Ravnsborg was involved in the crash at a news conference. 
Ravnsborg, who was alone in his 2011 Ford Taurus, insisted that he had not been drinking before he got behind the wheel and said he is 'cooperating fully with the investigation' by the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  
Ravnsborg said he had not spoken out prior to Monday night because the investigation is ongoing, but that he decided to make a statement to dispel the 'many rumors and stories being told and reported which do not represent a full and factual account of what happened'. 
Authorities have not confirmed the details included in Ravnsborg's statement.  
Ravnsborg said at 'not time' did he or Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek 'suspect that I had been in an accident with a person' in a statement he released Monday night
Ravnsborg said at 'not time' did he or Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek 'suspect that I had been in an accident with a person' in a statement he released Monday night
Traffic is seen on US Highway 14 as authorities launched an investigation into the fatal crash
Traffic is seen on US Highway 14 as authorities launched an investigation into the fatal crash 
The Highway Patrol has remained tight-lipped - refusing to say if speed or alcohol were a factor in the crash, when Ravnsborg reported the crash or if charges are pending against him. 
Ravnsborg has agreed to a search of both of his cell phones, provided a blood draw and provided witnesses to law enforcement who can confirm he was not drinking at the event before the crash.
His Chief of Staff Tim Bormann said the attorney general is known to have an occasional drink, but has made it a practice not to drink at the Lincoln Day events like the one on Saturday night.
State Sen Brock Greenfield, who also attended the dinner, said of Ravnsborg: 'I didn't see him with anything but a Coke.' 
Ravnsborg, who was elected to the post of attorney general in 2018, has received six traffic tickets for speeding in South Dakota over the last six years. 
He also received tickets for a seat belt violation and for driving a vehicle without a proper exhaust and muffler system. 
Read Jason Ravnsborg's full statement below: 

4 comments:

  1. We have a BLACK COMMUNIST RED FLAG GUN LAW PUSHING REPUBLICAN Piece of SH!T here in Indiana named Curtis Theosyphillus Hill who spends his state salary groping white women in bars here.

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  2. Looks like Boever drunk drove into a hay bale. He died when he tried to flag down a sober Jason Ravnsborg for a ride. How many guilty drunks stay at the scene, call the Sheriff, and help to look for a carcass??!

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  3. He said, " I killed a dear old man.", but When the AG was telling the events people did not let him finish talking.

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  4. "he immediately called 911 and searched the area by flashlight along with Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek, who responded to the scene, but they didn't find anything."
    It is highly unlikely that Sheriff Volek would have colluded in covering up a homicide.
    Animals (deer et al) often crawl away with an injury to hide and recover.
    About 30,000 people die on the roads in vehicles (incl about 5,500 on motorcycles) and 6,500 pedestrians.
    Walking, drunk at night is dangerous.

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