A South Dakota family is mourning the loss of a man who was struck and killed by a car believed to have been driven by the state attorney general of the United States, who at first told cops he thought he had hit a deer late in the evening.
” The last time I spoke with my cousin was Saturday early morning. It was the day he was killed,” Nick Nemec, 62, told Fox News on Thursday when reached by phone.
Nemec’s cousin, 55- year-old Joseph Boever, was walking along U.S. Highway 14 near Highmore in Hyde County at around 10: 30 p.m. when he is believed to have actually been struck by Attorney general of the United States Jason Ravnsborg’s 2011 Ford Taurus, according to a police news release
“[M] y car struck something that I believed to be a big animal (most likely a deer),” Ravnsborg, 44, stated in a two-page declaration released Monday. “I didn’t see what I hit and stopped my lorry instantly to examine.”
In this Feb. 23, 2014, file image Jason Ravnsborg speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File).
Ravnsborg said he called 911 and utilized the flashlight on his cell phone to survey a ditch near the area, “however could not see anything.”
” I browsed the automobile in the dark and saw absolutely nothing to indicate what I had hit,” he said in the declaration. “All I could see were pieces of my car laying on and around the roadway.”
When Sheriff Mike Volek showed up, he, too, “surveyed the damage” to the criminal offense scene and to Ravnsborg’s vehicle, the state AG stated.
” At no time did either of us presume that I had been associated with an accident with an individual,” his statement continued. Ravnsborg, whose automobile was too harmed to drive, obtained Volek’s personal vehicle to get house, he stated.
Earlier that night, Boever informed his cousins that his pick-up truck had actually broken down not far from the criminal offense scene. He had organized with among his cousins– Nemec’s sibling, Victor– to go back to the truck on Sunday early morning.
” And then, for whatever reason, my cousin chose to approach his pickup, rather than wait on Sunday morning,” Nick Nemec informed Fox News.
Hours after the crash, Victor drove into Highmore to satisfy as the pair had planned, however he got here to discover Boever’s home empty.
” He goes into the town of Highmore, over to my cousin’s house and knocks on the door … nobody responses and he calls my cousin. No one answers,” Nemec continued. “The door was unlocked. So, he let himself in the home and he looks around. All the lights are on. My cousin wasn’t there.”
Nemec said his brother, who had passed the crime scene investigation and Boever’s truck en route to his home, started to worry. He called the constable and informed him of his suspicions.
Boever’s body was discovered Sunday morning “in the grass just off the highway,” Ravnsborg composed.
Hours later, when the South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem revealed on Sunday that Ravnsborg had actually been associated with a traffic mishap that resulted in a death, the Nemecs’ concerns grew even further.
“[Ravnsborg] shared his condolences to the household of the victim most likely 3 hours before the victim’s household had actually even determined the body,” Nemec stated. “And the only members of the victim’s household that even suspected this might be a household member or cousin, who is my bro, and I might relate to the process of.”
Ravnsborg explained in his later statement how he and his chief of staff were driving to return Volek’s automobile the morning after the scene when they stopped at the mishap scene.
” As I walked along the shoulder of the road I found the body of Mr. Boever in the yard simply off the street,” he composed. “[I] t was evident that Mr. Boever was deceased.”
Ravnsborg stated he is “cooperating fully” with the crash examination and provided his “sincere acknowledgements” to Boever’s family. The investigation into the crash is continuous and no arrests have actually been reported so far.
Craig Price, secretary of public safety for the South Dakota Department of Public Security, stated during a subsequent press conference that the medical exam was carried out in Ramsey County, Minn., on Sept.14 He did not state whether the findings would ultimately be released. The Department of Public Safety is also working with a 3rd party, an out-of-state reconstruction professional, Rate said.
Cost stated the workplace will be releasing the crash report once it is complete, in addition to the 911 call, which will be revealed at the proper time.
It was unclear whether Ravnsborg would be suspended while the investigation is conducted.
Nemec recently described how he reviewed the crash website on Tuesday “to see it for myself and get a much better manage on the events surrounding my cousin Joe’s death.”
He remembered in a current remark shown the Dakota Free Press how even days after the crash, residues of blood and skid marks could still be seen on and along the roadway.
In a post on his Facebook page, Nemec shared a column from The Dickinson Press, entitled, “SD Attorney General heavy on self-survival, light on compassion.”
The column, Nemec wrote, “does a great job expressing some of the sensations I have.”
” The whole, ‘I struck a deer’ story is simply a line of bulls–,” Nemec stated.
On the other hand, family members continued to grieve the loss of Boever, whom Nemec referred to as “meek.”
Boever did not have any children, but was wed, although he and his spouse had actually separated months earlier, Nemec said.
He delighted in gardening and especially liked propagating plants.
” He saved houseplants. His specialized was Jane plants … and he would get these jade plants growing in these pots and then give them to individuals as a present,” Nemec continued. “And my wife and I have one sitting in our living space window. My sibling and his other half have one. Other people have actually informed me they have actually got among Joe’s jade plants.”
He added: “He’ll survive on possibly forever through his jade plants.”
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