Springfield pharmacist pleads guilty to reduced charge in deadly crash from June 2017

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NEAR OZARK, Mo. -- A Springfield pharmacist pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge for his involvement in a deadly crash in the summer of 2017.

Grove (right) with his lawyer Adam Woody.

Gary Grove was once facing a felony charge of Involuntary Manslaughter in the Second Degree. He pleaded guilty to a traffic violation of failure to maintain lane of travel. The manslaughter charge was dismissed.

Grove told KY3/ KSPR Wednesday he was facing "an unavoidable medical issue while driving that evening."

A grand jury indicted Grove for a deadly crash along Selmore Road in Ozark where it is head-to-head traffic in Nov. 2017. The crash killed motorcyclist Skip Wayne, 44. He had been vacationing from Texas. The grand jury reported Grove was negligent for driving on the wrong side of the road and was speeding.

A judge sentenced him to a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail and two years unsupervised probation.

Grove owns all the Grove Pharmacy stores in Springfield.