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The South Dakota attorney general was charged with three felonies last fall in a traffic accident in which a pedestrian was killed.
Jason Ravnsborg has been charged with careless driving, operating a vehicle with a mobile device and drifting off the lane, according to the Associated Press. He struck Joseph Boever, 55 with his car.
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Ravnsborg could remain in jail for up to 30 days and be fined $ 500 for each count if he is found guilty.
Ravnsborg evaded charges of a car accident on September 12, 2020 in which 55-year-old Joseph Boever died.
Hyde County Assistant District Attorney Emily Sovell said there was insufficient evidence to justify a stronger charge of crimes such as manslaughter or vehicle murder, NBC News reported.
“Recklessness is an extremely heavy burden on us, and in this case we don’t have it,” said Beadle County Prosecutor Michael Moore, who helped with the case, the Argus chief said. “I don’t feel good, but it’s the right decision.”
“Every step that he has taken in the last few hours has been the subject of a very, very thorough investigation and there is no indication that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” he said. Sovell said.
The Hyde County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Ravnsborg’s blood wasn’t drawn until about 15 hours after the incident, but the toxicology report showed that he had no alcohol in his system, the AP reported. He then handed over the electronic equipment to him for examination.
Boever’s body was found the morning after the accident, the South Dakota Highway Patrol previously reported in a press release, PEOPLE. Ravnsborg said that he believed he hit a deer on Route 14 around 10:30 p.m. the night of the accident.
Ravnsborg did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on Thursday.
Ravnsborg is still likely to face a civil lawsuit from the Boever family, who have expressed dissatisfaction with the attorney general’s allegations and frustration that it took five months for the indictments to be filed.
“I was concerned that the charges were something to cross the white line and that was exactly the charge,” Boever’s cousin Nick Nemec told the AP.