- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The families of a Vermont couple killed when a former Fortune 500 executive crashed his pickup truck into their SUV on a New Hampshire highway have settled lawsuits related to the crash.

Robert Dellinger was an executive at PPG Industries Inc. in Pittsburgh who held top positions at Sprint Corp., Delphi Corp. and General Electric Co. The 55-year-old pleaded guilty and was sentenced last year to between nine and 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Dellinger was trying to kill himself when he drove his pickup truck across a highway median in Lebanon at more than 100 mph and smashed into the SUV, killing 29-year-old Jason Timmons and his fiancee, 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, who was eight months pregnant. Timmons and Murphy were from Wilder, Vermont.

The Valley News reported (https://bit.ly/1VAkKgC ) on Tuesday that the terms of the settlement between the families and Dellinger aren’t being disclosed.

In February 2015, Dellinger, of Sunapee, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide for the deaths of the couple and to assault for the death of the fetus.

Dellinger said he wasn’t suicidal at the time of the crash. Instead, defense attorneys said Dellinger was suffering from delirium due to a “toxic regime” of prescription medications for multiple sclerosis and depression. In asking for a shorter sentence, they contended he also was suffering from withdrawal of a sleeping aid.

Dellinger in 2011 had to leave his corporate career because of his MS symptoms, the Valley News said. He is currently being housed in the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, according to the newspaper. His earliest possible release date is June 2018.

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This story has been corrected to show the former executive is 55 years old, not 54.

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