Charges Filed Against Driver In I-89 Crash

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Lebanon — A former Fortune 500 executive who lives in Sunapee has been charged with recklessly causing the deaths of a Wilder couple who were killed on Saturday in an automobile collision on Interstate 89 in Lebanon.

Robert J. Dellinger, 53, was released from Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon and immediately arrested and taken to the Lebanon Police Department for processing, said state Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell.

Morrell declined on Tuesday to discuss the basis for the manslaughter charges or provide additional details in the case. Dellinger is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon to be arraigned.

Saturday’s crash occurred shortly after 1 p.m. just north of Exit 18 on I-89. Amanda Murphy, 24, and Jason Timmons, 29, who were engaged to be married, died at the scene. The couple was expecting a baby girl next month.

Timmons and Murphy, who lived in Wilder, were traveling northbound in a 2005 Ford Escape when Dellinger’s southbound 2005 Chevy pickup truck crossed the grassy median and struck their car. Dellinger suffered minor injuries, according to authorities.

Autopsy results released on Tuesday showed that Murphy and Timmons suffered multiple blunt impact injuries to the head, torso and pelvis. New Hampshire’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Andrew confirmed that Murphy was eight months pregnant and that the fetus also died from blunt force trauma suffered in the collision.

In New Hampshire, prosecutors cannot bring a homicide charge in the death of a fetus, Morrell said on Tuesday.

“If someone was pregnant and died, the baby would have to at least take a breath for us to charge for the baby to be a victim,” Morrell said of New Hampshire law.

Timmons’ mother declined to comment on Tuesday, and Murphy’s family could not be reached for comment.

Timmons and Murphy met at Valley Terrace, an assisted living community in Wilder where they both worked. They had planned to name their daughter Reagan Elizabeth.

Timmons is survived by three other children, according to his obituary. Timmons and Murphy both grew up in the Upper Valley. Timmons attended school in Lebanon, and Murphy graduated from Hartford High School in 2007, according to their obituaries.

At the time of their deaths, Murphy still worked at Valley Terrace.

Dellinger is an Ohio native who resigned in 2011 as senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer of Pittsburgh’s PPG Industries because of “personal health-related reasons,” according to reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

He previously worked for General Electric Co. and as executive vice president and CFO for Kansas-based telecommumications firm Sprint. He also served for a time as executive vice president and CFO for Michigan-based automotive parts manufacturer Delphi Corp.

Dellinger could not be reached for comment on Tuesday night.

Morrell on Tuesday would not discuss factors that could have contributed to Saturday’s crash.

She told WMUR-TV on Tuesday the Attorney General’s Office was involved because, “There are concerns about how this collision occurred.”

Morrell said Dellinger is represented by attorney Peter Decato of Lebanon and Steven Gordon of Concord. Neither Decato nor Gordon could be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Dellinger is scheduled to be arraigned at 3 p.m. today in Lebanon District Court.

Sarah Brubeck can be reached at sbrubeck@vnews.com or 603-727-3223.