NH man may get higher charge in double fatal crash

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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 15 at 11:02 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former Fortune 500 executive told police he was depressed and aiming to kill himself when he drove his full-size pick-up truck across a grassy highway median, went airborne and crushed to death a young Vermont couple expecting their first child in January.

Robert Dellinger survived the suicide attempt with cuts on his head and face. He was charged with reckless manslaughter, a crime that carries 15-30 years in prison if convicted.

What was going in the 53-year-old Dellinger's mind and whether he showed extreme indifference to human life could get him a more serious charge of second-degree murder that carries up to life in prison.

Jason Timmons and Amanda Murphy suffered injuries a medical examiner said were consistent with a plane crash. The fetus did not survive.

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