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N.H. authorities file murder charge against former PPG executive

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Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, 1:09 p.m.

New Hampshire state prosecutors upped the charges to second-degree murder against a former PPG top executive whom police said killed a young married couple and their unborn baby in a vehicle crash.

Authorities there initially charged Robert Dellinger, 53, of Sunapee, N.H., with two counts of reckless manslaughter before upgrading the charges to murder on Friday. Police said he caused the Dec. 7 accident while trying to kill himself by driving his pickup across an interstate median into oncoming traffic. He suffered minor injuries.

Dellinger argued with his wife over his depression medication before the crash and then got in his truck, hatching the highway-suicide plan behind the wheel, police said.

Dellinger's resume as a top financial executive for corporate giants took him to locations from Schenectady, N.Y., to Singapore. His last two jobs were in Western Pennsylvania, including a two-year stint as chief financial officer for PPG Industries. There he became one of Pittsburgh's highest-paid executives, earning more than $3 million a year, before resigning for health reasons in June 2011.



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