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Seizure-prone driver hit with another lawsuit in fatal crash
July 28, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Another motorist caught up in the fatal collision caused by a seizure-prone man who refused to abide by a prohibition on driving filed a civil suit against him.

The suit by Michael A. Salgado against Rodney Edward Corsiglia is the third such legal action and comes a week after another driver involved in the multi-car incident sued for damages.

Salgado also names Chrysler Group LLC in the suit.

Corsiglia, 50, is facing 30 years to life for two counts of second-degree murder in the crash. In addition to the multiple drivers he injured, Corsiglia also killed cousins Arnulfo Picazo, 39, of San Bruno, and Usbaldo Picazo Gomez, 37, of South San Francisco, after having a seizure while driving exactly two years ago today.

The pair were on their way to pick up beverages for a baptism celebration when Corsiglia suffered a seizure and slammed his vehicle into several eastbound cars at an El Camino Real stoplight while driving east on Sneath Lane just after noon.

Two adults and a 9-year-old boy were also hospitalized with serious injuries. One of those adults, Mary Chan, filed suit against Corsiglia as did the families of the two cousins.

According to Salgado’s suit, he was driving a Dodge Ram when Corsiglia hit the Toyota Corolla behind him and forced the car to rear-end the truck.

Prosecutors charged Corsiglia with murder because they said he was legally forbidden from driving due to his petite mal seizure history and had a record of other crashes due to the condition.

The civil suits, including the one filed at the end of last week by Salgado, echo the sentiment.

Corsiglia acted with “malice” and “conscious disregard for the rights and safety of Salgado, his suit states.

Corsiglia’s driver’s license was permanently suspended in 2011 but his record of crashes linked to the condition date back to 2002. 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.

A case management conference in the latest civil suit is scheduled for Nov. 26.


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