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2 Bay Area cousins killed, others injured in multivehicle crash

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If you have a medical condition that prevents you from driving a car, you know how frustrating it can be to always rely on other forms of transportation. Public transit options may not be available everywhere or anytime you need to be somewhere, and being dependent on friends or relatives for a ride isn't ideal, either. Some people who aren't cleared to drive choose to do so anyway, which can result in not just criminal charges if they're caught, but tragic consequences for anyone affected by a crash as a result of the medical condition.

A San Bruno, California, man with a seizure disorder that prevents him from holding a driver's license is accused of killing two men and injuring several other people in a crash that happened after he suffered a seizure while driving. He's been charged with two counts of murder, as well as vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence as a result of the July 28 accident.

The two men who died in the crash were cousins, ages 37 and 39, who had just left the baptism of one of the men's daughter. The men, who were from San Bruno and South San Francisco, were stopped at a light in San Bruno when their car was rear-ended. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Other people hurt in the crash, including at least two children in another vehicle, were taken to hospitals.

The man who caused the crash was driving on a suspended license, according to the San Mateo district attorney. His license had been permanently revoked in June 2011 after causing six crashes within four years, his disorder being a factor in each of those crashes. Despite the license revocation, the man chose to drive anyway, the district attorney said, which is why he's been charged with murder.

As a result of his poor decision, an extended family has lost two of its members, both of them fathers of young children. Although a memorial fund has been set up for their sons and daughters, it won't cover the emotional and financial loss their families will suffer in the long term. One solution may be a civil wrongful death lawsuit that would hold the driver who caused the crash responsible. Considering the risk he took in driving with his condition, it's more than reasonable to expect him to pay for the irreversible damage he caused.

Source: South San Francisco Patch, "Driver in Fatal El Camino Crash Hires New Attorney," Taylor Wiles, Aug. 22, 2012

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