SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The House Committee deciding whether to recommend the impeachment of attorney general Jason Ravnsborg is meeting right now in Pierre. It’s the first of three meetings this week, where the group will be learning more about the deadly crash in September of 2020. Today’s meeting was called to order and quickly moved to a closed session. That shouldn’t be the case tomorrow and Wednesday.
Jason Ravnsborg was driving a car that struck and killed Joe Boever, who investigators say was walking on the shoulder of US 14, near Highmore on the night of September 12th, 2020. Governor Kristi Noem called on him to resign. When he didn’t, some lawmakers called for his impeachment.
Tuesday and Wednesday, committee members will hear testimony from witnesses including investigators and a crash reconstruction expert. The witness list includes special agents Jeramie Quam and Joe Arenz of the North Dakota Bureau of Investigation.
The North Dakota agents were brought in to interview Ravnsborg to prevent any conflict of interest. Trooper John Berndt of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, who wrote the initial accident report after Boever’s body was found. John Daily, a professional accident reconstruction expert with a company called Jackson Hole Scientific Investigations. Highway Patrol Sergeant Kevin Kinney, Colonel Rick Miller and Public Safety Secretary Craig Price will also answer questions from committee members.
The Committee agenda shows testimony will begin at 3:35 Tuesday afternoon and continue on Wednesday afternoon. The 9 member committee will end their investigation in executive session to review materials and make redactions of public disclosures.
KELOLAND News will have a team of reporters covering the special session, you’ll be able to watch the testimony live on KELOLAND.com