It’s been five months since South Dakota’s attorney general struck and killed a man while driving, but the victim’s family says they still don’t have answers as to whether the state’s chief prosecutor will be criminally charged, KOTA-TV reports.
Joseph Boever, 55, died in September after state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg hit him with his vehicle while driving back at night from a political gathering. Boever had been walking because his pick-up truck broke down.
“I have absolutely no confidence in the South Dakota Justice System in getting justice in this case,” Nick Nemec, Boever’s cousin, told the television station.
“I think he is going to get off. I would like to see him charged and found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but I think he is going to get off. I think he will eventually plead guilty to some traffic violation.”
Ravnsborg initially claimed that he thought he struck a deer, but he said he discovered he had hit a person when he returned to the crash scene the following morning.
An investigation found that Ravnsborg was distracted, entered the north shoulder of the roadway and hit Boever, who was carrying a light, according to Dakota News Now.
Victor Nemec, Nick’s brother, said he has fond memories of Boever, who could be shy but was a good conversationalist.
“We grew up playing together,” Victor Nemec told KOTA-TV. “When there were family gatherings, Joe and I were the two closest in age. We hung out together, played together and went to college together. Not only were we cousins, we were friends.”
The family is skeptical of Ravnsborg’s claim that he thought he hit a deer.
“A human doesn’t look like a deer,” Victor Nemec told the New York Post. “The whole thing stinks to me.”
Ravnsborg, who has received eight traffic tickets over the years, including six for speeding, released the following statement to KOTA-TV through a spokesperson: “The Attorney General, like all involved and following the incident, is anticipating a conclusion of this investigation soon. We know those involved are using the resources available for a thorough examination of the facts. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with the family.”
A prosecutor working on the case told the Post that some developments may occur within the “next few weeks.”
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