More Fallout for S. Dakota Official Over Road Fatality

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's promotion in the Army Reserve is blocked
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 4, 2021 10:15 AM CDT
More Fallout for S. Dakota Official Over Road Fatality
A file photo of Jason Ravnsborg.   (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)

The US Army Reserve has blocked the promotion of South Dakota's attorney general because of his role in the death of a man who was struck while walking along a rural highway last year, per the AP. Jason Ravnsborg last month announced on social media that he was being promoted to the rank of full colonel. However, the Army Reserve told the Argus Leader on Monday that the promotion has been flagged and won't be submitted to the US Senate for confirmation until charges against Ravnsborg are resolved. Ravnsborg is facing three misdemeanor charges and calls for his resignation after he struck and killed Joe Boever, who was walking on the side of Highway 14 near Highmore in September.

Charges include distracted driving and driving on the shoulder of the road. "In this case, relevant Army Reserve leaders will monitor the ongoing civilian proceedings and make further decisions at the appropriate time," said Army Reserve spokesman Lt. Col. Simon Blake. Boever's body was found in a ditch the day after he was struck and killed. Ravnsborg told authorities during a 911 call that he believed he'd struck a deer. He has pleaded not guilty and is due in court May 12. (Ravnsborg also is facing possible impeachment over the road fatality.)

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