Police: Alameda Driver Meant To Run Over Stranger

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Alameda police say a driver who ran over
a 78-year-old man walking on the street did so intentionally because he was upset about his own family problems.

Thirty-six-year-old Dionisio Molina now is expected to face murder charges.

Investigators say Molina first tried to hit a woman with his SUV. She managed to run out of the way, and the vehicle instead struck George Marceline, who was out for his morning walk on July 5.

Witnesses say Molina's 1997 Jeep hopped a curb and continued traveling, hitting light poles and stop signs before striking Marceline. Molina also is accused of assaulting two detectives while he was being interviewed after the crash.

Police say Molina did not know his victims, and they have not released details about the suspect's alleged family problems.

Information from: The Oakland Tribune,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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