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South Dakota AG says he wasn’t drinking before fatal crash

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's office says he had not been drinking before he was involved in a fatal car crash.

On Monday, more details were released about the fatal accident near the town of Highmore.

According to the South Dakota Department of Safety, Ravnsborg struck a pedestrian at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ravnsborg called the Hyde County Sheriff's Office and told them he had been involved in a car-deer crash.

But Sunday morning, the pedestrian's body was discovered. He's identified as 55-year-old Joseph Boever of Highmore.

His spokesman, Tim Bormann, says Ravnsborg was driving from a Republican fundraiser in Redfield, South Dakota, to his home in Pierre on Saturday night when he was involved in the crash on U.S. Highway 14.

Bormann says that the attorney general is known to have an occasional drink, but has made it a practice not to drink at the Lincoln Day events.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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