The pedestrian who was struck by South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s car last month died from the impact of the crash, according to a preliminary autopsy released Tuesday.
State authorities on Tuesday released the autopsy along with the recording of a 911 call Ravnsborg placed the night of Sept. 12 after he killed Joseph Boever, 55, who was walking along the side of the road to his broken-down vehicle.
“I hit something,” Ravnsborg says on the call, which lasted almost two and a half minutes. “It was in the middle of the road.”
When the 911 dispatcher asked if he could have hit a deer, Ravnsborg says, “I have no idea” and adds “it could be.”
Ravnsborg in a statement released after the crash claimed he didn’t realize he hit Boever on the side of Highway 14, and had assumed it was a deer until he returned back to the scene the next morning–and discovered Boever’s body.