Jun 3, 2015 10:59 AM
Former Fortune 500 exec denies financial burden for killing family in suicide attempt
The Associated Press
NORTH HAVERHILL, (AP) — A former Fortune 500 executive sentenced to at least nine years in prison for causing a crash that killed a Vermont couple and their unborn fetus says he shouldn't be held financially liable for their deaths.
The Valley News reports a lawyer for Robert Dellinger, responding to lawsuits from the victims' families, said the influence of prescribed medications and the fact Dellinger was "being pursued" by another vehicle indicates the damages may be others' fault.
Prosecutors said the 54-year-old Dellinger was trying to kill himself when he drove across a highway median in Lebanon in 2013 and smashed into an SUV, killing 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, who was 8 months pregnant, and her fiance, 29-year-old Jason Timmons.
Dellinger was a senior vice president and chief financial officer at PPG Industries Inc. when he left in 2011 because of health problems.