The South Dakota Attorney General is facing calls for impeachment, as well as potential criminal prosecution, after it was revealed he may have killed a man during a hit and run.
Calls for the resignation — or impeachment — of South Dakota’s Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg are mounting after investigators found the eyeglasses of a crash victim in Mr. Ravnsborg’s vehicle. He claims he thought he drove into a deer, not knowing it was a pedestrian until the following morning.
The Attorney General faced questions from investigators, who now say the victim was likely struck with such force that his face came through the windshield of Mr. Ravnsborg’s vehicle. He hit and killed the victim on 12 September of last year.
“They’re Joe’s glasses, so that means his face came through your windshield,” one investigator tells Mr. Ravnsborg during a filmed interview. The footage was released on Tuesday.
“I did not see those glasses until you showed them to me,” Mr. Ravnsborg responded.
“The only way for them to get there is through the windshield,” the law enforcement official says. “His face was in your windshield, Jason. Think about that.”
“I did not see him. I did not see anything,” Mr. Ravnsborg said. “I did not know it was a human until the next day.”
The investigation has quickly altered the political dynamics for Mr. Ravnsborg, a Republican. State lawmakers are currently considering the possibility of impeaching the attorney general, who has, thus far, resisted calls to resign.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday joined the chorus of people calling for him to step down.
“Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign,” Noem said in a statement. She promised to release more details from the crash investigation.