Executive pleads guilty to killing pregnant woman, fiance in Lebanon crash
NORTH HAVERHILL - A former Fortune 500 executive has admitted that he killed a pregnant woman and her fiance when he tried to kill himself by driving his pickup truck across a highway median into oncoming traffic.
Fifty-four-year old Robert Dellinger pleaded guilty Thursday to negligent homicide for the deaths of 24-year-old Amanda Murphy and 29-year-old Jason Timmons, of Wilder, Vt. He also pleaded guilty to assault for the death of their fetus; Murphy was eight months pregnant.
Dellinger, of Sunapee, was initially charged with manslaughter, but that was later upped to second-degree murder. Negligent homicide is a lesser charge. Dellinger will be sentenced later.
Dellinger, who held high-level posts at PPG Industries Inc., Sprint Corp., Delphi Corp. and General Electric Co., told investigators he was trying to kill himself on Dec. 7, 2013, when he steered his pickup across a highway median in Lebanon.