South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has been charged with several misdemeanors after fatally striking a pedestrian with his car while driving on the highway at night, state authorities announced in a press conference Thursday.
Ravnsborg, 44, has been charged with three misdemeanor offenses in connection with the incident, including one count of operating his car while using a cellphone, one count of failing to stay in his lane on the highway, and one count for careless driving, according to The Grand Forks Herald. Each of the three misdemeanor charges carries a maximum penalty of thirty days in jail and a $500 fine, according to officials.
Hyde County Deputy State’s Attorney Emily Sovell said these charges were supported by the evidence, but emphasized that Ravnsborg was not using his phone at the time of the accident. Ravnsborg was, however, using one of his cell phones a minute before the crash, she said.
Michael Moore, the South Dakota state’s attorney