A Pryor man pleaded innocent Oct. 23 to two counts of involuntary manslaughter for the traffic deaths of two passengers in a Jan. 16 crash. Gus Gardner, 55, is charged in the deaths of Ronald Anderson, 35, and Gordon Shawn Bearground, 28. They were passengers in Gardner's car when he lost control on Pryor Road about two miles north of Pryor. An investigation determined that the car overturned and struck two trees broadside. A federal indictment charges that Gardner operated the vehicle in such a "grossly negligent manner'' that he should have reasonably foreseen the consequences of his acts. Charges were brought in federal court because the crash occurred on the Crow Reservation and Gardner is a member of the tribe.
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