A young expectant couple died on Saturday in an apparent botched suicide attempt by a former Fortune 500 executive. Supposedly, Robert Dellinger told police that he was trying to kill himself when he drove his pickup across a grassy median and slammed into an SUV.
Inside were 29-year-old Jason Timmons and 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, who was eight months pregnant. All three died in the crash. Dellinger is being charged with two counts of reckless manslaughter -- under New Hampshire law he won’t be charged with the unborn infant’s death.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that 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 concurred that their injuries were consistent with a plane crash.
Dellinger once held top-level jobs at Sprint, Delphi, and General Electric, and in 2011 took a severance package from PPG Industries amounting to $1 million in cash plus stocks when he left his post as senior vice president and chief financial officer for health reasons.
The prosecution said that he was arguing with his wife over his medications the morning before the crash.
He was held on a $250,000 cash bail, which his family posted Wednesday. Dellinger has to wear an electronic monitor, as well as surrender his passport and driver’s licenses. He’s not allowed to leave the state of New Hampshire, and he will have to undergo a mental health evaluation.
What an absolutely tragic story.
Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.
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