South Dakota investigates fatal accident involving attorney general

South Dakota authorities are investigating the death of a man apparently struck Saturday by a car driven by state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who had reported that he hit what he thought was a deer while driving home from a Republican Party dinner.

Ravnsborg, 44, said in a statement that he was “shocked and filled with sorrow” and “fully cooperating with the investigation.” He sent his “deepest sympathy and condolences to the family” of the victim, identified as Joe Boever, 55.

Boever reportedly was walking along the highway to his abandoned truck. Ravnsborg’s office oversees the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, so Gov. Kristi Noem announced that her office was supervising the case.

Boever’s cousin said his “worst fear is that they’re trying to get ducks in a row to absolve the attorney general of any wrongdoing.”

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