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George Marceline

ALAMEDA — A driver who struck and killed a pedestrian Saturday told police that he intentionally ran over the 78-year-old man because he was angry over family problems, investigators say.

Dionisio Roxas Molina, 36, also said that he deliberately tried to hit a woman with his SUV just moments before he struck George Marceline in the 2000 block of Shore Line Drive, police said.

Molina is expected to face murder and attempted murder charges when he is arraigned today in Alameda County Superior Court.

Along with allegedly running down and killing Marceline, Molina is accused of punching a female detective in the face while he was being interviewed Wednesday at the Alameda police station, as well as assaulting another detective.

Alameda police Lt. Art Fuentes declined to provide details about the family problems that Molina claimed made him upset.

Molina was driving a green 1997 Jeep Cherokee about 5:30 a.m. on Saturday when he hopped a curb and continued traveling, hitting light poles and stop signs before he tried to run over the woman, police said.

Police officers dispatched to the neighborhood found the body of Marceline — who had been taking his regular morning walk — lying in the 2000 block of Shore Line Drive.

Molina's SUV was parked across from the nearby AMF Bowling Center and facing the direction from which it had been traveling.

Molina was still in the driver's seat, police said.

Molina did not appear drunk and initially claimed that he had no memory of what happened, Alameda police traffic Sgt. Ted Horlbeck said.

As a result, investigators first thought Molina may have had an undiagnosed medical or mental issue that could have contributed to the accident and so brought him to Alameda Hospital, where Molina remained under observation until Wednesday.

An Alameda resident, Molina works for a medical office in downtown Oakland, police records show. He is married, with a 4-year-old and an infant, according to a family friend.

Marceline, who also lived in Alameda, was a retired employee of the Del Monte food company. His survivors include an adult son.

A memorial service for Marceline is set for 2 p.m. Friday at Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home, 3665 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Reach Peter Hegarty at phegarty@bayareanewsgroup.com or 510-748-1654.