The substitution of a new attorney for a seizure-prone driver convicted of murdering two cousins struck by his vehicle two years ago will delay sentencing another six weeks.
Rodney Edward Corsiglia, 51, was convicted in June of second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. He was due to be sentenced Wednesday but instead indicated he hired a new attorney to consider filing a motion for a new trial and, if necessary, sentencing.
This was the second setting of sentencing. Corsiglia returns to court Oct. 15.
Prosecutor Morris Maya said while the victims’ family is eager to see the case resolved, he understands Corsiglia’s desire to expend every resource in the face of potentially receiving two 15 years to life sentences for the murders plus additional terms on the other charges.
Maya said he is seeking the maximum allowed for a variety of reasons “not least that this was so avoidable. He had beyond fair warning and it just a matter of time, frankly.”
The Department of Motor Vehicles forbid Corsiglia from driving because of a history that included seven collisions caused by his petit mal seizures. However, on July 28, 2012, he was behind the wheel when another seizure caused him to slam into several eastbound cars at an El Camino Real stoplight while driving east on Sneath Lane just after noon.
Cousins Arnulfo Picazo, 39, of San Bruno, and Usbaldo Picazo Gomez, 37, of South San Francisco, were on their way to a family baptism and died. Two adults and a 9-year-old boy were also hospitalized with serious injuries.
During trial, the defense argued that Corsiglia did not know he was supposed to refrain from driving but the prosecution presented his history, medical records and his own doctor to say otherwise.
Corsiglia remains in custody without bail.
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