Former PPG executive who was driver in fatal crash faces second-degree murder charges

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A former top executive at PPG Industries has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder in a December crash that killed a Vermont couple and their unborn child.

Robert Dellinger, former chief financial officer and senior vice president at Downtown-based PPG, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Jason Timmons and Amanda Murphy, who was eight months pregnant; and second-degree assault in the death of their unborn child. The indictments were released Tuesday by the Superior Court in Grafton County, N.H.

Mr. Dellinger, 53, told police he was depressed and trying to kill himself on Dec. 7 when his pickup truck crossed the median on Interstate 89 in Lebanon, N.H., went airborne, and slammed into an SUV carrying the couple. He earlier pleaded not guilty.

Mr. Dellinger, of Sunapee, N.H., started working at PPG in 2009 and left in 2011 because of health issues. According to New Hampshire state authorities, Mr. Dellinger argued with his wife over his antidepressant medication on the morning of the crash. His attorney has stated that he was undergoing mental health treatment in Kansas where he also owned a home and where he formerly worked for Sprint-Nextel.


The Associated Press contributed. Joyce Gannon: jgannon@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1580.

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