Attorney General Jason Rawsborg killed a pedestrian while driving last month. A preliminary autopsy report said the man, 55-year-old Joseph Bower, had suffered major injuries “both internally and externally,” South Dakota Secretary of Public Safety Cabinet Craig Price told a news conference Tuesday.
In a statement in September, Rawsborg chief of staff Timothy Bormann called the crash a “tragic incident”.
The crash happened on the evening of September 12, Price said. Ravnsborg gave the staff a blood sample the next day. The results of this blood test show that his blood alcohol content is 0%.
Reporters asked Price why no blood sample was taken on the night of the crash.
“I will not speculate on the work of others,”
; he said. “I know that after our office got involved, which was the next day … we worked effectively to continue and get that information.”
According to a 911 call posted by officials this week, Ravnsborg told dispatchers “I hit something” that was in the middle of the road.
The dispatcher asked, “Are you hurt at all, Jason?”
To which Ravnsborg replied, “I’m not, but my car is safe.”
The chief prosecutor initially told police he hit a deer, the state public safety department said last month. Bower’s body was found the next morning, the department said.
The final autopsy report could take several weeks, Price said Tuesday.
Investigating the fatal crash takes longer than others, Price said, as North Dakota investigators are involved and the trip takes about a day.
“These things add to the complexity, and some things add to the timeline of what we’re expected to do,” he said.