Prosecutors: Teacher thought he was flying plane in deadly Grove Ave crash

Prosecutors: Teacher thought he was flying plane in deadly Grove Ave crash
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The suspect in the crash on Grove Avenue that killed one person said he wanted to fly his car like a plane, according to prosecutors.

Robert Gentil appeared in court via video conference on Friday. He is out of the hospital and currently in jail following the crash on Monday.

Prosecutors say Gentil has been diagnosed as manic depressive, and his attorneys say he was having a manic attack during this week's incident.

Gentil was going at least 90 miles an hour at the time of the crash, according to prosecutors.

Gentil was allowed a $50,000 bond by the judge, but there are several conditions: he cannot leave the state, he has to maintain treatment for his mental health issues, must keep an electronic monitoring device, surrender his drivers license and cannot operate a car. He also must live with his parents and agree to pre-trial supervision.

The crash killed Elizabeth Pryor, 64. The funeral for Pryor is Monday, 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Church. Gentil has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

We spoke with Pryor's sister outside of the courtroom today.

 "She passionately cared about this country and passionately cared about serving this country and did a brilliant job of it," Beverly Louise Brown said. 

The Gentil family released a statement Friday calling the events "tragic" and offering their "sincerest condolences and prayers."

"In time, the community will learn that the events giving rise to this tragedy were not the product of conscious, reckless conduct, nor were the consequences fueled by alcohol or drugs," the statement reads. "Rather they were the culmination of a mental health condition with which Robert and his family have struggled for a decade and believed had appropriately addressed."

Click here to read a statement from the Gentil family:

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