Police in Alameda County are trying to piece together the circumstances of a hit-and-run pedestrian accident, which killed 72-year-old George Marceline, a beloved Oakland Raiders fan. According to an article in the San Jose Mercury News, a green 1997 Jeep Cherokee driven by Dionisio Roxas Molina, 36, hopped the curb and hit several objects on the sidewalk as well as Marceline but did not stop at the scene of the accident.
Police say Molina did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol, but that he may have been under the influence of drugs. Molina on the other hand told investigators that he has no recollection of the accident at all. He was found parked in his SUV in the driver’s seat in the area. According to the Alameda County Coroner’s office, Marceline died of blunt force trauma.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Marceline. To the fans of the Silver & Black that shared his love of the Raiders, my condolences on the loss of one of your own. It would be fitting for the Raiders organization to recognize Marceline’s dedication to the team by some pre-game tribute or better yet by AFC title.
I hope Molina faces murder charges, because the facts suggest much more than an “accident” and then a hit-and-run. Molina will no doubt be held responsible in civilly for the death of Marceline. The irony is that if Marceline did run Molina down intentionally, it may be nearly impossible for Marceline’s heirs to obtain compensation from Molina. Auto insurance does not cover intentional acts.
Hit-and-run auto accidents really get under my skin because of the callous disregard these drivers show for human life. It is up to investigators to determine whether Mr. Molina is telling the truth about not remembering anything. But if his “lack of recollection” was drug-induced, he would still definitely be facing those felony charges, as he should. Anyone who saw this accident or anyone else who believe they may have been hit or injured by the same driver should contact the local police.