Widow strikes confidential settlement with South Dakota AG Jason Ravnsborg in fatal crash

Jenny Boever, the wife of Joe Boever, the pedestrian who was killed on the roadside last fall by South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, had hired a Sioux Falls trial attorney in a signal that a possible civil lawsuit could be coming against Ravnsborg for his role in her husband's death.

A memorial sign marks the general location along U.S. Highway 14 west of Highmore, S.D., where local man Joseph Boever, 55, died after being struck by a car driven by South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. (Christopher Vondracek / Forum News Service)
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A lawyer representing the widow of a man struck and killed along a rural highway in South Dakota last year by Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has reached a civil settlement with the Republican attorney general, forgoing a wrongful death lawsuit.

"Yes, Boever's case has been settled," attorney Matthew Tysdal confirmed in an email Wednesday morning, Sept. 29, calling the terms of the deal "confidential."

The settlement with Ravnsborg was first reported by Dakota News Now .

"The parties will have no further comment, and Mrs. Boever requests that her privacy be respected going forward," said Tysdal, an attorney with the Sioux Falls law firm Heidepriem, Purtell, Siegel & Hinrichs LLP.

Ravnsborg struck Joe Boever with his state-issued vehicle on the evening of Sept. 12, 2020, west of Highmore, South Dakota, while Boever walked along the roadside.


Last month, Ravnsborg pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor unsafe driving charges. Boever's widow, Jennifer, broke her nearly year-long silence at the courtroom in Fort Pierre that day, calling Ravnsborg's actions "reckless," arguing she'd been sent into depression since her husband's death, and fanning more expectations that she and her attorney would file litigation against the AG.

Sioux Falls trial attorney Scott Heidepriem disclosed to media in February that he'd been hired to represent Boever.

On Wednesday, neither Ravnsborg's personal spokesman nor the attorney who represented him in the criminal proceeding immediately responded to inquiries for comment on the settlement.

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