South Dakota’s Republican attorney general — who thought he had hit a deer when he fatally struck a pedestrian on the highway last year — was hit with misdemeanor charges, authorities announced Thursday.
Jason Ravnsborg, 44, faces three counts of careless driving, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device and veering out of his lane, according to Emily Sovell, deputy Hyde County state’s attorney.
If convicted of the top charge, he faces up to one year in jail for the Sept. 12 accident that took the life of Joseph Boever, 55.
Sovell said the evidence didn’t support more serious felony raps, and that Ravnsborg was not intoxicated at the time of the incident.
He provided a blood sample taken about 15 hours after the deadly collision, which showed no alcohol in his system.
After the crash, Ravnsborg told authorities that he thought he had plowed his 2011 Ford Taurus into a deer or another large animal