Ex-Fortune 500 executive at sentencing in crash that killed couple, fetus: I wasn't suicidal

Associated Press

A former Fortune 500 executive from New Hampshire who caused a highway crash that killed a Vermont couple and their unborn fetus says he wasn't suicidal.

Prosecutors say Robert Dellinger told investigators he was trying to kill himself in December 2013 when he drove his pickup truck across a median at more than 100 mph and smashed into an SUV.

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The crash killed 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, who was eight months pregnant, and her fiance, 29-year-old Jason Timmons.

The Valley News of West Lebanon reports the 54-year-old Dellinger told the court Wednesday he has "never been suicidal."

Dellinger worked for PPG Industries Inc. He pleaded guilty in February to negligent homicide. He also pleaded guilty to assault for the fetus' death.

He faces 12 to 24 years in prison when sentencing resumes Thursday. Defense lawyers want a shorter sentence.