PIERRE, S.D. (KCAU) — “What the hell happened.”
The words of South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg after he was questioned for three hours by North Dakota investigators after a fatal vehicle-pedestrian crash on Sept. 12 in Hyde County that killed Joseph Boever.
The interviews have been released by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety at the direction of Gov. Kristi Noem after she said in a statement that Ravnsborg should resign.
“I initially thought I saw a fawn or a deer in the ditch, so I said I think I see something but then I come up and it was the man, and he is not in good, I mean he’s dead,” said Ravnsborg in the interview.
Authorities with the North Dakota Bureau of Investigations questioned Ravnsborg on September 30 and October 24.
In the interview, investigators reveal they found glasses belonging to Boever. Part of the glasses were laying in the backseat.
“So that means his face came through your windshield,” one agent said in the interview. “His glasses are right there, Jason. Those are Joe’s, so the only way for them to get there is through the windshield.”
“I did not see him. I did not know there was a human until the next day,” Ravnsborg said in the video.
The body of Boever, 55, was located near the crash scene the morning after the incident.
Ravnsborg, who faced three misdemeanor charges in connection to the incident, has not indicated if he will resign from the office
Both interviews were conducted by Special Agents of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Portions of the audio and video have been redacted because the Attorney General referenced confidential information that is not relevant to this crash investigation.
The videos, as well as 911 audio and toxicology reports, can be found here.