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Authorities release toxicology reports and 911 call following fatal crash involving South Dakota AG

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South Dakota Attorney Jason Ravnsborg
South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg
Scene of South Dakota AG crash
The scene of South Dakota AG crash.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota law enforcement officials have released more information on a fatal crash involving the state's attorney general Jason Ravnsborg.

Back on Sept. 12, investigators say Ravnsborg struck and killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever as he was walking near a rural highway, in central South Dakota near Highmore. Ravnsborg said he initially believed he hit a deer and only realized that he hit a person after returning to the site the next day.

During a news conference Tuesday, Public Safety Secretary Craig Price said Ravnsborg provided a blood sample the day after the accident. Price said tests indicated Ravnsborg had no alcohol in his system at the time the blood was drawn, which was at about 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 13.

According to the Addiction Center, the body processes about one standard drink per hour.

"What you would find if you did research on that, the normal body dissipates about .015 alcohol per hour," said Price.

Ravnsborg asserts he did not drink the night of the fundraiser and claims to have several witnesses who back him up. The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 12. No breathalyzer was given to Ravnsborg the night of the accident.

Authorities have also released the transcript and audio of the 911 call Ravnsborg made the night of the accident.

During the call, you can hear the dispatcher ask Ravnsborg if he hit a deer, with him responding, "I have no idea…Yeah…It could be…I mean…it was right in the roadway."

You can listen to the full call below:

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was also present at the news conference and said Ravnsborg is not currently on administrative leave. Noem added she does not oversee the attorney general's office and does not have the authority to put him on administrative leave.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and more information will be provided at a later date.

Officials say they have brought in investigators from North Dakota and a forensic specialist to help reconstruct the crash. Out-of-state help was requested because the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, which investigates crashes, works under the attorney general's office.

Ravnsborg's toxicology reports and a transcript of the 911 call can be found here.

You can also watch Tuesday's news conference here.

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