On September 12, around 10:30 p.m., when Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg called 911 to report his vehicular crash, he told the dispatcher that he had “hit something… in the middle of the road.”
Like many of his fellow Republicans, Jason Ravnsborg appears to have trouble telling the difference between “middle of the road” and “far right“:
Today, the South Dakota Highway Patrol made public the crash report for the incident in which Jason Ravnsborg killed Joe Boever with his car. The report includes three key, horrible, damning details.
First is the above diagram of the crash site less than a half-mile west of Highmore. On the basis of multiple meticulous visits to the crash site, the South Dakota Highway Patrol has produced a crash-scene diagram showing Ranvsborg’s car entirely in the right-hand shoulder at the time he hit Boever. The diagram shows Boever walking closer to the ditch than to the driving lane.
Second is one word: distracted. South Dakota Highway Patrol Officer John Berndt says Jason Ravnsborg was “distracted” at the wheel:
Unit #1 was traveling westbound on US Hwy 14. Unit #1 driver was distracted. Unit #1 entered the north shoulder while traveling westbound. Unit #2 (pedestrian) was walking on the north shoulder. Unit #2 was struck by unit #1. Unit #2 was carrying a light. The exact time of crash is still under investigation. The time of law enforcement arrival is estimated as the responding sheriff did not advise dispatch when he arrived. The pedestrian was transported from the scene by the coroner. Information found during the investigation indicates a driver distraction. The specific distraction is still under investigation [Berndt, SDHP, narrative, 2020.11.02].
Driver was distracted. Jason Ravnsborg was distracted. Jason Ravnsborg did not have his eyes on the road when he hit and killed Joe Boever.
You likely noticed the third key detail, one more word: light.
Joe Boever was carrying a light. He was walking at the edge of the shoulder, close to the ditch. He was trying to get to his truck that he’d left in the ditch earlier that night. The police report suggests he was trying to get there safely.
And distracted driver Jason Ravnsborg drifted fully into the shoulder and killed Joe Boever.
Ravnsborg lied at least once in his September 9-1-1 phone call, a call that already contradicted the story he told on September 14 in his only public statement since he killed Joe Boever.
I am bothered that Ravsnborg lied. I am irked that our Governor Noem can look at these facts and not call for Ravnsborg to resign. I am annoyed that this killer is still drawing his $118,603.03 annual salary from us taxpayers.
But I am horrified, and gravely sad for Boever’s family, at the plain fact that Jason Ravnsborg killed a man… and that so far, he has done nothing to atone for his fatal crime.
Jason Ravnsborg, you are morally obliged to resign immediately from your position as South Dakota’s chief law enforcement officer. If you cannot take responsibility for your fatal violation of the law, you cannot be trusted and you does not deserve to be in charge of holding other criminals responsible for their crimes.
Jason, you killed a man. Resign now, and prepare to face the judge.