Driver in Fatal Crash: 6 Accidents in 4 Years, Had Injured Others Before

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said that, due to a seizure disorder he was well aware of, the driver in the fatal July 28 crash in San Bruno has had multiple crashes in the past few years that had hospitalized other victims.


San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe confirmed Friday that the medical condition Rodney Corsiglia - the driver in - suffered from was a seizure disorder, that had led to six other crashes in four years.

Wagstaffe told Patch that, between 2007 and 2011, Corsiglia was in six crashes caused by suffering a seizure while driving. 

"He has long suffered from a seizure disorder that he takes medication for," Wagstaffe said. "And yes, he has injured others before."

Wagstaffe said, in one of the crashes in 2007, Corsiglia had slammed into another car, and though the people were not killed, they were hospitalized for multiple injuries such as fractured ribs, broken bones, abrasions, cuts and soreness of the back and neck.

All of this lead to the Department of Motor Vehicles permanently suspending Corsiglia's license in 2011, he said.

"The department told him, 'You can't drive anymore - you're a danger if you do so,'" Wagstaffe told Patch.

Nevertheless, Wagstaffe said Corsiglia knowingly violated the law by driving on July 28 anyway, and once again, he suffered a seizure while driving. 

This time, two people were killed, and several others - including two children - were hospitalized.

Corsiglia rear-ended Arnulfo Picazo and Usbaldo Gomez, who were stopped at a light at Sneath Lane and El Camino Real. Corsiglia also struck two other vehicles that were stopped at the intersection. 

, who had just left the baptism of Gomez's 1-year-old daughter at St. Bruno's Church, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Corsiglia now sits in San Mateo County Jail, and Wagstaffe told Patch the District Attorney's Office is pursuing murder charges against him.

Dennis O'Keefe August 11, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Our government is in place to set guidelines for us all to live by. There are penalties for those you do not abide by what the majority has voted into law. It is your responsibility to stay within the laws and rules in place. People are responsible for themselves and that is the root of this problem. People want less government oversight and blame things like this on not enough government. The bottom line is he knew when he broke the law. That makes him a criminal and he will be punished accordingly. But to blame the system for it's failures is a blast to yourself. If our system fails, it is because we fail as a society to correct it. Therefore, if you are not part of the solution, you are clearly part of the problem. Coming to this thread and hurting people with unnecessary points of view does very little to fix anything. It is more of a passive aggressive action and a poor use of your time. Instead, you should be doing more to fix the problem than complain about it. If we as a society consistently point the finger at someone else for our failures and can not rely on our own good judgement, then we are in real trouble and the foundation of which our system sits upon is weak. Our government is for the people, by the people. Whether you believe that or not is up to you and your vote. But coming here and adding insult to injury is counterproductive. I grew up with these guys and they deserve more respect than some of the people here are demonstrating.
Holly August 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Well said Dennis now lets focus on what we need to focus on! If we take all blame away we still have 5 children, 2 wives, 4 parents, numerous siblings, family,and friends without 2 amazing men in their lives. Nothing will change that unfortunately but as a community we can make sure these families are taken care of properly! Sept.19 2012 local 6 hall BBQ 12 pm Raffle by ManCave And Coed Softball tournament tentative date Oct. 6 SB park more details to follow soon! R.I.P. Baldo & Arnulfo
Vanessa Aguayo August 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Definitely some valid points Dennis. Holly - Ditto! You understand both outsiders and insiders point of view. You know my husband and I, our Gomez/Picazo family, the "Aguayos," the SB community, etc... Love you so much. I say thanks again for your support <3
Vanessa Aguayo August 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Oh and Local 6 BBQ fundraiser is Sunday September 16th at 12pm in SF! Thank you all! Check PDF flyer it's everywhere!
Mike September 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Perhaps there is a better way. Please answer the following question keeping in mind that a whole lot of people are arrested every year for operating a motor vehicle with out a drivers license or operating a motor vehicle after having a license revoked or suspended. What is it that could have been done to prevent this person from driving? How does one fix the system that you blelieve does not work?


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