The next morning, the body of Joseph Boever, 55, was discovered near the crash site. Noem stated, I am fully cooperating with the investigation and I fully intend to continue to do so moving forward. Ravnsborg said he called 911 and then looked around his vehicle in the dark, using a cell phone flashlight. His cousin, Victor Nemec, told KELO-TV that earlier Saturday, Boever had crashed his truck into a hay bale near Highway 14, and planned on fixing it Sunday.
Nemec told ABC affiliate Dakota News Now he hasn't been contacted by the state and he believes it is being tight-lipped about the investigation.
Tim Bormann, Ravnsborg's chief of staff, told ABC News that the attorney general was driving home from a dinner party hosted by the county's Republican Party.
Ravnsborg confirmed the crash shortly after the governor's presser, stating that he was "shocked and filled with sorrow following the events of last night".
The DPS statement did not mention whether Ravnsborg stopped his vehicle after the incident. "The driver was not injured", the highway patrol said in a news release.
Kristi Noem said in a news conference Sunday that the South Dakota Highway Patrol will conduct an investigation of the collision, which will be overseen by Cabinet Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety Craig Price. "Law enforcement is working on identifying the deceased and notifying the family".
The spokesman said that while Mr Ravnsborg did drink occasionally, he did not make a habit of drinking during Lincoln Day events, which he was attending the night of the incident.
"The Office of the Attorney General extends our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Mr. Boever". Victor and his brother, Nick Nemec, were asked to identify Boever's body later that night. According to the Argus Leader, Ravnsborg has a history of speeding and other minor traffic violations.