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.

GKC August 10, 2012 at 07:17 PM
This guy didn't just screw up, he just said screw it...no compassion, not a care in the world about his actions. A couple life sentences doesnt seem like enough for me...he gets to sit in a jail, eat, eventually laugh on occasion, make new friends, waste tax payers money, and communicate with his family - did the victims get to say good bye to thier families, nope...some times the trash stinks so much it's got to be taken out...
Sallie May August 10, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Wow, powerful words GKC? I think all of you people are not listening to eachother . It took me an hour to go through all the comments because I wanted to see where this person defended the driver (killer) whatever we are calliing him. And i didnt find one. I think people got upset when the Mary P. woman didn't get on your band wagon. Now please don't try and tell me that I am actually her under a different name. I am not agreeing with anyone here. You are all being childish and missing the POINT. This is not about spelling errors or Hate days. It is about two families that are broken and what can we do as a society to try and prevent it from happening again. Ana. Amy and Holly do you think you are doing your best to respect these men by continuing to argue? The f'ing woman is a waste if your time but really you are getting just as bad as she is.
Holly August 10, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Sept.19 at 12 pm local 6 is having a BBQ fundraiser to raise money for the families. $40.00 per person kids are free! Please come out and support ! At local 6 Hall S.F.
Priscilla August 10, 2012 at 08:00 PM
i agree....Mary P...your wrong....Rodney should have NEVER NEVER NEVER been driving....PERIOD!!!
Melissa B. August 10, 2012 at 08:59 PM
My family and I will be there!!
GP August 10, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Shouldn't Corsiglia's immediate family or whoever lives with him be taken into account for not informing the authorities about Corsiglia breaking the law? His license was suspended last year and I would not believe that this was his first outing without a license.
joe August 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The family deserves money, this idiot who shouldn't have been driving deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail. Sorry, but this was murder!!!
Jennifer van der Kleut August 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Just informing everyone - the comments that included profanity have been deleted. To the commenters - you can repost your thoughts if you leave the expletives out.
Rob Chapman August 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
No more slaps on the wrist. No more excuses. Charge him with 2 counts of murder, convict him, & send him away.
Sallie May August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Ya, that is an awesome idea, better yet why not just tie him to the bed or lock h in the dog run while they are at work trying to live their own lives. REALLY ??
Rob Chapman August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Joe, The 'family deserves money"? From who? Corsiglia? That's not possible. His family? His doctor? The state? San Bruno? Who's going to pay this money? The murderer responsible is no longer alive, so who takes the blame? Do they sue DMV? No, they took away his license. So, I ask again. WHO do they sue? And how does murder equate to dollars? Money can't bring back the family's loved ones. Money can't take away the pain. So tell me Joe, where will "deserved money" come from? Note: I fully believe Corsiglia is a murderer. He deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Mary P August 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
So why isn't anyone attacking Cathetine for saying that the system is partly to blame? Or Rob Chapman for disagreeing about a big payout? My point has been restated by someone else again...people are going to push the lots until the limits are changed. Enough said!!
Jamie White August 11, 2012 at 01:48 AM
All, thank you for your comments. I want to urge everyone to be respectful of the grieving families and also respectful of one another before posting. All of us Patch realize what a sensitive issue this is and continue to moderate comments - we will remove any that violate our terms of service. - Jamie, Patch Regional Editor
Michelle T. August 11, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I am not going to involve myself in this argument for the sake of the families. I knew Baldo, his wife and kids. They are all amazing people. Out of RESPECT for the families I think we should be VERY cautious about what we say on here. It is VERY fresh still for everyone. We all want to see justice served, I KNOW I do, but it is out of our control. We have a strong DA, let's hope that our DA fights for justice for the family. Again, please be careful about what is said. I know several family members who are following these news articles and we need to respect their feelings.
MAG (wife) August 11, 2012 at 03:02 AM
MARY P!!! Please stop with your absurd comments...they are upsetting to me and my family as we grieve the tragic lose of my husband who was my children's father,a son to his parents, a brother to his sisters and brothers and a friend to many. Thank you MAG (wife)
cjtrailer August 11, 2012 at 03:04 AM
It seems to me that Mr. Corsiglia had a blatant disregard for the safety of others. He needs to be taken off the streets because simply taking away his license is not enough. Regardless of what charges the DA eventually comes up with, Corsiglia needs to be put away for a long time. How many more people have to be killed and/or injured before the authorities take this kind of behavior seriously? If the first person he killed would have been a police officer, he'd never have been given another chance to kill.
Raina August 11, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Hey Mary is Rodney your husband? I hope so because only a wife or a close relative would defend a horrible bastard like this . This man changed my city and my brother and my friends lives forever. I am a personal friend of both Nuco and Bald and have been forever . To read the nonsense you have been posting sickens me and my community . I sure hope Rodney is A relative in some way or you need your head examined ! I'm sick even posting this ... You have no idea what the wives and children of my friends are going thru. And what my community is going thru. I sure hope you are not a part of my awesome city ... We don't need people like you..,
bonnie Hawkins August 11, 2012 at 04:31 AM
There should be a law that you can not rent or own a car if you dont have a license. If someones allows you to use there car and you have no proof of a licence, they should be held responsible also like the person that sells alcohol to a minor Knowing that you are medically unable to drive safely exspecially after a previous accident and then driving anyway is premeditated murder if you ask me.
Veronica August 11, 2012 at 05:14 AM
After reading the comments it's clear that everyone has an "opinion" which they are entitled to but we all have to remember that though two innocent men were tragically killed itis the famlies now who are suffering! And I believe the last thing they would want is to have to deal with seeing some of these postings. I agree that the driver should be held accountable but for now I think all of this energy should be redirected into positive thoughts and prayers for the families. They will have to deal with the legalities soon enough and at that time, we can show support in various ways.. Until them let them grieve in peace.
lea robinson August 11, 2012 at 06:27 AM
I apologize for my earlier post that was removed. No more! Let this poor family grieve already. They have enough to deal with. My thoughts & prayers go out to your whole family... May they rest in peace.
Mary P August 11, 2012 at 07:10 AM
OMG reallyRaina, where do I defend this man? In what post? I have said he is a criminal and should be held responsible for his actions. I also said that the "system" needs work which a few others agreed. You are being hostile and then trying to say you have compassion for the lives lost. Just stop already! And yes I am a part of the San Bruno community and have been for many years.
Mike August 11, 2012 at 07:22 AM
My heart goes out to the family and friends of these men. Judging from what I have seen they it appears that they were good men. I am also pleased to see that the community is planning to have a fund raiser. I sure the family will find strength beecause of such support. So many of the comments here very clearly indicate that people are looking for justice and some do not understand the "rule of law". We take issues such as this terrible tragic event to a Hall of Justice to have a ruling determined by law. Unfortunately very often you will not find justice because of law.
k August 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Ok, Mary why are you still on here trying to defend yourself? So you must know the loser who killed our friends! If I knew that worthless no good for nothing piece of crap, I would no way be trying to defend him or say that is the system's fault!! I mean really, are you just trying to piss everyone off just to be an A--! Enough with your comment's please! Nothing you say will make anyone agree with your stupid A--!! Enough said, God is watching over their family and friends and alway's will!!! I can not say the same about you or your friend Rodney!! May he get what he deserve's!! Life in jail!!! God bless both family's, I hope some day , that they find peace in their life's!!
Vanessa Aguayo August 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM
From Vanessa Aguayo Gomez (sister/cousin-in-law) 1. "Mary P" - please stop blogging. I truly believe in the 1st Ammendment (freedom of speech) and that we live in a beautiful country where we can exercise this right more often than not. However, your comments are upsetting MAG, my family and friends. 2. A lot of us know that Corsiglia is being punished, so much that my prediction is that he will die in jail. He does not deserve to ever be "free," nor to live and interact with the rest of society. This is a man who made too many "bad decisions," including driving with a suspended license. This deadly accident which forever took away our beloved Nuco and Baldo was TOTALLY preventable!!! 3. Thank you GOD that our attorney (from DA) - Mr. Maya is representing the state and our family in what should be a lenghthy trial. Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Maya and I am certain Corsiglia is going down! That being said lets' continue to live our lives, be merry and "pick our battles" wisely. Nuco and Baldo (RIP) would want that. I will always love you Nuco & Baldo. Los quiero para siempre - Nuco y Baldo <3. RIP/Descansen en Paz. Thank you SB Patch, V. Aguayo-Gomez
Dv August 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I am so sorry for your losses. This is such a terrible thing to have happened. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
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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