A driver who suffered a seizure before causing a multicar crash that killed two people in San Bruno on July 29 was charged Thursday with two counts of second-degree murder.
Prosecutors say they are slamming Rodney Corsigliam, 49, of San Bruno, with the stiff charges because his license had been suspended due to his medical condition, which has reportedly contributed to multiple accidents in the past.
On July 29, prosecutors and police said, Corsiglia was driving east on Sneath Lane when he suffered a seizure and crashed into several cars that were stopped at a traffic light at the El Camino Real intersection. Cousins Usbaldo Gomez, 37, and Arnulfo Picazo, 39 — who had been driving to a post-baptism party – were pronounced dead at the scene, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Four others were hospitalized.
Prior to the tragedy, Corsiglia had been in seven vehicular crashes, including six since 2007, Wagstaffe said. Prosecutors said they believe most, if not all, the previous accidents also were related to his medical condition, but an investigation is ongoing.
Corsiglia allegedly caused two accidents on a single day in 2007.
“He got in a car crash due to a seizure, then he went to a rental car place, rented a car … and crashed into another car,” Wagstaffe said of the 2007 crashes.
The second crash caused an injury, Wagstaffe added, and before the incident even Corsiglia’s friends had begged him not to get behind the wheel.
The DMV had a file “7 inches thick” on Corsiglia, prosecutors said. His other crashes reportedly occurred in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
“This is somebody who everybody said should not be driving,” Wagstaffe said. “He knew it and still he got behind the wheel and drove.”
Police arrested and booked Corsiglia on Tuesday following an investigation.
Meanwhile, loved ones of Gomez and Picazo — who between them leave behind 5 children — have set up a memorial fund for their families. An online raffle also was created that includes Giants and 49ers memorabilia, as both men were big fans of the teams.
Bids toward raffle items can be made online at mancave.ticketleap.com or at the ManCave Memorabilia store at 2205 S. El Camino Real in San Mateo.