South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said he realized he had struck and killed a man walking along a rural highway only after returning to the scene the next day and discovering the body, reports the Associated Press. The state’s top law enforcement officer said he initially thought he hit a deer while driving home from a Republican fundraiser Saturday night. He is under investigation by the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Ravnsborg said he immediately called 911 after the crash and that he didn’t realize he had hit a man until he returned the next morning and found him while looking for the animal he thought he had hit.
Authorities identified the victim as Joseph Boever, 55, who had crashed his truck in that area earlier and was apparently walking toward it when he was hit. Ravnsborg said he was “shocked and filled with sorrow.” Ravnsborg said he was driving to his home some 110 miles away when his vehicle hit something he believed was a large animal. After Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek arrived, the two men surveyed the damage and filled out paperwork for his car to be repaired, the attorney general said. “At no time did either of us suspect that I had been in an accident with a person,” Ravnsborg said.