LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — A former Fortune 500 executive told police he was trying to kill himself when he drove his pickup truck across the grassy median of a highway and slammed into an SUV, killing an expectant couple inside, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Robert Dellinger is charged with two counts of reckless manslaughter in connection with the crash, which killed 29-year-old Jason Timmons and 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, who was eight months pregnant. Timmons and Murphy were from Wilder, Vt.; their unborn child also died.
Prosecutors said Dellinger's truck crossed the median on Interstate 89 on Saturday, became airborne and sheared off the top of the couple's car, killing them instantly. The medical examiner's report said the injuries they suffered were consistent with a plane crash.
The 53-year-old Dellinger, of Sunapee, was arraigned by video. He sat at a table and stared down for most of the proceeding. His wife, sons and about a dozen other supporters left court without speaking to reporters.
Dellinger served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at PPG Industries Inc., taking a severance package worth more than $1 million in cash plus stocks when he left in 2011 because of health reasons, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Dellinger, who also held top-level posts at Sprint Corp., Delphi Corp. and General Electric Co., bought a home on Sunapee Lake in November 2012, according to property records.