Poll: Is the County Responsible for Deterring Drivers with Suspended Licenses?

Two weeks ago, a man with a suspended driver’s license—due to a seizure disorder— hit and killed two cousins on El Camino Real with his vehicle.

On July 28, Rodney Corsiglia suffered a seizure while driving and , killing two cousins. Corsiglia had been knowingly driving with a permanently suspended driver’s license after the DMV told him, “You can't drive anymore - you're a danger if you do so,” according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

, severely injuring many but never having killed people before the July fatal incident in San Bruno.

Residents have expressed outrage at the man’s recklessness, demanding that Corsiglia be charged with murder. The District Attorney’s Office is pursuing murder charges.

However, other residents believe the system is “too soft,” and the man should have been punished more harshly to potentially prevent this most recent tragedy.

Do you agree that this accident could have been diverted with a stricter punishment after the first accidents? Let us know in the comments.

Rick Bonilla August 12, 2012 at 07:24 AM
I agree with this post. Additionally, how could we possibly know how to respond to the final question regarding harshness of punishments considering that you failed to inform us of any previous punishment? Ultimately I am not a fan of trial by public opinion based on tidbits of info provided by the media.
CQ August 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM
It's DMV and NOT San Mateo Co. that issues, suspends, and revokes driver's licenses due to disabilities that affect driving ability and motorists' safety. SMCO DA only would have taken previous actions of filing criminal charges IF there was some negligent action or law violation that was investigated by a PD/SO and an arrest or complaint filed with the DA's Office.
George Kranen August 14, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I agree with Bren and Rick: this "poll" is a waste of perfectly good electrons. Patch asks three different questions. The first, posed in the headline, belongs on a high school civics test. CQ answered it. The second question appears above the "poll" box: "Do you agree that this accident could have been diverted [sic] with a stricter punishment after the first [sic] accidents?" A poorly-worded question worthy of a political “poll”. How are we to answer this? Patch doesn't tell us what "punishments", if any, were meted out after the earlier accidents. There's no mention of previous prosecutions. There's no mention of previous DMV administrative actions. There IS mention that Corsiglia had been in SIX prior collisions since 2007, at least some of which produced injuries. What did the police accident reports say? Where was the DMV through all that? Where was Corsiglia's insurance company? Where was his physician? If no one brings charges or makes accusations, there is nothing for the DA to do. Finally, in the "poll" box: "Should the County have punished Corsiglia more harshly after his previous accidents?" (Hey, the writer re-discovered English grammar and syntax!) Maybe. See the prior paragraph. Drivers are not usually punished after traffic collisions beyond points and boosted insurance premiums--unless they’re found to be under the influence and/or impaired. Did anyone tell the DMV that Corsiglia’s accidents were possibly caused by seizures? Did anyone know?
A D August 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Why would you judge the actions of a bereaved spouse? How insensitive and inappropriate.
wonderwoman August 15, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I think that the media makes things so much worse. I would really like to see all of these articles or at least the comments removed regarding this terrible incident. I know that the patch has received tons of hits to their site as we should be grieving for the loss of our friends. The bottom line is...the families are left to read this crap and it is very unnecessary especially at their time of loss.


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