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Seizure-prone driver in fatal crash gets summer trial
January 12, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

The seizure-prone San Bruno driver who fatally slammed into a car carrying two cousins on their way to a baptism celebration last summer will stand trial just past the year anniversary of the crash which led to him being charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

On Friday, Rodney Edward Corsiglia, 49, pleaded not guilty to those charges along with counts of felony drunk driving, gross vehicular manslaughter with intoxication and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license along with the second-degree murder charges.

He was then scheduled for a June 24 pretrial conference followed by an Aug. 19 jury trial.

On July 28, 2012, Corsiglia crashed into several eastbound cars at an El Camino Real stoplight while driving east on Sneath Lane just after noon. 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.  

Prosecutors charged Corsiglia with murder in addition to the manslaughter charge because he allegedly insisted on driving without a license despite being forbidden by his medical condition of petite mal seizures.

His license was permanently suspended in 2011 but his record of crashes linked to the condition date back to 2002. Of the seven collisions, two were on the same day

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 remains in custody without bail.


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