Preliminary autopsy results confirmed the man struck by the car of South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg died of trauma from a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, officials said on Tuesday .
Ravnsborg said in a September statement he called 911 and searched a ditch with Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek using a cell phone flashlight after he believed he hit a large animal around 10:30 p.m. on September 12. Joseph Boever, a 55-year-old man who was killed in the collision and found the next morning.
State Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Craig Price said on Tuesday that the first autopsy results from Ramsey County, Minnesota confirmed that Boever died of trauma related to a vehicle crash pedestrian motor.
Ravnsborg called 911 on the evening of September 12, but authorities were not given a blood sample until around 1:30 p.m. the next day, Price said.
The public security secretary said Ravnsborg’s blood alcohol level was 0, but also said the average body was losing 0.015% alcohol per hour. A person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% is considered to be driving under the influence, according to the state’s public safety website.
It would take about six hours to return to zero blood alcohol levels above the legal limit, based on the average given by Price, and the Ravnsborg sample was taken about 15 hours after the accident.
Audio of the 911 call and a transcript were released on Tuesday, along with the toxicology results from Ravnsborg. In the audio, Ravnsborg identifies himself as the state attorney general and tells the dispatcher he’s hit ‘something’.
“It hit me,” Ravnsborg said on the call. “I broke my windshield. “
“Oh no, okay,” the dispatcher replied. “Do you think it was a deer or something?” “
“I have no idea,” Ravnsborg said.
Full autopsy results on Boever are expected in the coming weeks. Boever’s cousin Victor Nemec previously told NBC News that he brought Boever home after his car hit the hay bale and he last saw him alive around 9:30 p.m. at night. of the accident.
Boever returned to his truck later that night for some reason, Nemec said.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said Ravnsborg was not on leave and continued in office as the crash investigation continued. The governor and the state attorney general have had no contact since the investigation, Noem said.
The forensic reconstruction of the accident and the investigation into Boever’s death are still ongoing. No charges have been filed against Ravnsborg.
The Ravnsborg office has previously said the incident was a “tragic accident” and the GA is cooperating fully with investigators. Nemec in September expressed doubts over Ravnsborg’s account and the transparency of the investigation into his cousin’s death, saying: “There is a clear difference between a human and a deer. “