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Seizure-prone driver to trial for crash that killed cousins
December 22, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

The seizure-prone San Bruno driver who fatally slammed into a car carrying two men on their way to a baptism celebration in July will stand trial on two counts of murder which prosecutors say is warranted because he allegedly insisted on driving without a license despite being forbidden by his medical condition.

Rodney Corsiglia, 49, is also charged with felony drunk driving, gross vehicular manslaughter with intoxication and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license along with the second-degree murder charges. Corsiglia has pleaded not guilty but was held to answer Friday after a two-day preliminary hearing with several witnesses. At the same hearing, a motion to grant Corsiglia bail was also denied and he remains in custody.

 In charging murder, prosecutors pointed not only to Corsiglia’s lack of license but also a lengthy record of seven crashes in the last decade linked to his medical condition, including two on the same day. Corsiglia reportedly suffers petite mal seizures for which his license was permanently suspended in 2011.

On July 28, Corsiglia, a retired custodian from San Bruno, was driving east on Sneath Lane at approximately 12:15 p.m. when he reportedly crashed into several other eastbound cars halted at a stoplight at El Camino Real. The two who died, cousins Arnulfo Picazo, 39, of San Bruno, and Usbaldo Picazo Gomez, 37, of South San Francisco, were on their way to pick up beverages for a baptism celebration. Two others, an adult and a 9-year-old boy, were also hospitalized with serious injuries. The deaths of Picazo and Gomez left five children fatherless.

Between 2002 and 2011, Corsiglia had seven traffic accidents. Six were between 2007 and 2011 and all were reported to involve speeding and seizures. One day in 2007, Corsiglia reportedly left one Redwood City accident that injured three to rent a new car. A few hours later in San Bruno, he reportedly ran a stop sign and broadsided a car with two passengers before running off an embankment and into a tree.

He also has three prior convictions for driving on a suspended license and a couple DUIs. In 2004, while on probation for an earlier domestic violence conviction, Corsiglia was convicted by a jury of striking his girlfriend with a telephone receiver. The defense claimed Corsiglia was unconscious at the time due to intoxication and seizures.

Corsiglia appears in Superior Court Jan. 11 to enter a plea and possibly set a trial date.

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