REDWOOD CITY -- A man whose driver's license was suspended after being involved in repeated seizure-related car wrecks is charged with murder for a double-fatal crash in San Bruno that happened as he had another seizure, a prosecutor said.
Rodney Corsiglia, 49, of San Bruno didn't enter a plea Thursday when he appeared for the first time in court to face charges in connection with the July 28 deaths of cousins Usbaldo Gomez, 37, and Arnulfo Picazo, 39.
The men had just left a baptism and were stopped at a red light at Sneath Lane and El Camino Real when they were rear-ended by Corsiglia, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Corsiglia allegedly lost control of his vehicle while having a seizure and was going 40-50 mph as he plowed into them. He was also allegedly under the influence of some type of pills, but the testing is still being performed.
Two other people were also injured in the chain-reaction crash that resulted from the initial collision. A 9-year-old boy was among those seriously hurt, Wagstaffe said. Gomez and Picazo were both fathers. Their funeral drew hundreds of mourners.
Corsiglia's history of seven seizure-related crashes goes back at least a decade, Wagstaffe said. Six of the wrecks happened from 2007-2011, culminating in his license being "permanently suspended" in June 2011.
Wagstaffe said in one day in 2007, Corsiglia had a seizure, crashed his vehicle and then rented another
Corsiglia is being held without bail and is due back in San Mateo County Superior Court to face two counts each of murder and grossly negligent vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The charges are all felonies. He's also been hit with one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.
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