LAFAYETTE / Man killed in crash pileu...

LAFAYETTE / Man killed in crash pileup is identified

There are 860 comments on the San Francisco Chronicle story from Mar 24, 2007, titled LAFAYETTE / Man killed in crash pileup is identified. In it, San Francisco Chronicle reports that:

The Contra Costa County coroner's office has identified a man killed in a chain-reaction crash outside a Lafayette high school as a 55-year-old Walnut Creek resident.

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Concerned

Appleton, WI

#669 Oct 1, 2009
What is the status of the pretial on the 30th?
Greg

South San Francisco, CA

#670 Oct 1, 2009
8:30am Oct 13,. For court room assignment then Jury selection and opening arguments.
Interested

Hemet, CA

#671 Oct 5, 2009
And lets hope and pray there are no more delays.
Greg

Concord, CA

#672 Oct 5, 2009
There is a very good chance that there will not be a court room availible. Chances are it will be delayed for a week or so. This may cause a conflict with his attorney's schedule which would postpone it again. I sure hope not. I understand that they have resolved the insanity part of the case, but I have no idea what they did or what that means. It sure is a good thing that I am the closest relitive to Dale and no one from the DA's office can communicate what is going on. I have called and emailed them for 3 days with no response. It just adds to the frustration.
TapOut

Walnut Creek, CA

#673 Oct 5, 2009
Courtoom availability on the 13 but then it will be more time before they get around to jury selection - that takes time. and then opening arguments.

I hope it happens. Good luck to the family
Moraga Mom

Walnut Creek, CA

#674 Oct 5, 2009
Does anyone know for certain whether Caspillo is still driving?
Greg

United States

#675 Oct 6, 2009
Cam't say he is now, but what I understand there is nothing stoping him from driveing. He has not been convicted of anything. His insurance co can not even cancel his policy untill convicted. I personally saw him driving away from one of the few court hearings about 7 or 8 months ago.
Moraga Mom

Walnut Creek, CA

#676 Oct 6, 2009
My god.
Gina

Mobile, AL

#677 Oct 9, 2009
Greg,

You and Debbie have certainly been in our thoughts and prayers lately. With this date coming up soon, if not cancelled again, you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
I know the wheels of justice turn S-L-O-W, but our system of justice was created to protect those that may have been falsely accused. Unfortunately, on the other side of the fence are the people that are guilty, they are able to drag out proceedings as long as possible in order to "live" their lives. If Mr. Caspillo had not been a person with the "resources" in which to defend himself, he would have already been tried, convicted and spending time in jail.
Justice does come, but the mighty wheels turn slowly.

Ed and Gina Phillips
Greg

Alamo, CA

#678 Oct 9, 2009
Gina wrote:
Greg,
You and Debbie have certainly been in our thoughts and prayers lately. With this date coming up soon, if not cancelled again, you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
I know the wheels of justice turn S-L-O-W, but our system of justice was created to protect those that may have been falsely accused. Unfortunately, on the other side of the fence are the people that are guilty, they are able to drag out proceedings as long as possible in order to "live" their lives. If Mr. Caspillo had not been a person with the "resources" in which to defend himself, he would have already been tried, convicted and spending time in jail.
Justice does come, but the mighty wheels turn slowly.
Ed and Gina Phillips
Thank You Ed & Gina,

Thank You Ed & Gina,

I will be keeping you posted on the trial on a daily basis as I know you can't be here. I already have butterflies in my stomach and don’t even know if it's going to happen. Debbie's not going to come out until we know for sure.

Now they are telling me there is going to be two parts .The first to see if he is competent to stand trial. If he is then the criminal trial. Feels like it just happened, again!!
snorkler

United States

#679 Oct 10, 2009
Hello again Greg -- thanks for keeping us informed during this saga, which must be torturous for your family and all those others involved. I am particularly struck by the requirement to assess competency -- that Mr. Caspillo continues to live, work, and DRIVE normally should (to me) obviate the legitimacy of this ploy, but I'm just an ordinary citizen, so what do I know?

Snorkler
Greg

Alamo, CA

#680 Oct 11, 2009
I would like your quiestions. I am in the process of writeing a list of questions and concerns I have about this case. I guess my complants have finally got the DA's attention. I recvived this email on Friday from CoCoCounty DA.

"I wanted to let you know that our office will be closed on Monday because we are on furlough so I won’t be able to access my email. I did confirm with Courtenay that court was on Tuesday morning at 8:30a.m.

We will both be there as well as her Supervisor Paul Sequeira. This will be a good time to address all of your concerns about the case and frustration about the delays. They should both be able to answer your questions. I encourage you to speak your mind and not hesitate to ask all you want until you are satisfied with the information they provide you."

I plan on getting everything off my chest so while I'm at it I would love to get answers for any of your concerns and questions. Maybe if I really grind them others wont have to go through such a drawn out and painful ordeal. Please Please respond to this and give me your list.

Thank You, Looking forward to your communications. Just posdt them here. I will get them answered by the DA.

Greg
Interested

Hemet, CA

#681 Oct 12, 2009
Just wondering...if he is convicted what is the shortest/longest sentence he can get?
Greg wrote:
I would like your quiestions. I am in the process of writeing a list of questions and concerns I have about this case. I guess my complants have finally got the DA's attention. I recvived this email on Friday from CoCoCounty DA.
"I wanted to let you know that our office will be closed on Monday because we are on furlough so I won’t be able to access my email. I did confirm with Courtenay that court was on Tuesday morning at 8:30a.m.
We will both be there as well as her Supervisor Paul Sequeira. This will be a good time to address all of your concerns about the case and frustration about the delays. They should both be able to answer your questions. I encourage you to speak your mind and not hesitate to ask all you want until you are satisfied with the information they provide you."
I plan on getting everything off my chest so while I'm at it I would love to get answers for any of your concerns and questions. Maybe if I really grind them others wont have to go through such a drawn out and painful ordeal. Please Please respond to this and give me your list.
Thank You, Looking forward to your communications. Just posdt them here. I will get them answered by the DA.
Greg
Greg

Alamo, CA

#682 Oct 12, 2009
I know if he is found insane and sentenced to a mental instution there is no time period assassed to the sentence. He is there untill a Doctor says he is no longer a thret to himself or others. The DA told me that once they place you in a facility it is very difficult to get out. I also understand it is worse than state prison. It is possible he could be released in 2 weeks as well. on the charge of Gross Felnoy Vechicular Manslaughter I will find out. I now the use of the word "Gross" makes it the highest degree felony they can charge him with.
Lafayette Mom

Walnut Creek, CA

#683 Oct 12, 2009
Question 1: Why is a man who has proclaimed himself of unsound mental capacity still allowed to drive?

Question 2: What rational explanation is there for dragging out a case which resulted in a death for nearly three years?

Question 3: Are the many witnesses to that accident still in the area and ready to testify? Have any moved or, heaven forbid, DIED in the three years it has taken this case to come to court?

Question 4: We know the DA is shorthanded and strapped but why has it taken so long to get this case to court?

Question 5: Has Mr. Caspillo received any sort of pyschiatric evaluation relative to his competency to stand trial? He must be fairly fit if allowed to drive and work.

I can probably come up with a few more given the time...
Greg

United States

#684 Oct 12, 2009
You have untll 0700 torrow. Keep them comming.
Interested

Hemet, CA

#685 Oct 13, 2009
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well today and no more delays.
Greg wrote:
You have untll 0700 torrow. Keep them comming.
Greg

Alamo, CA

#686 Oct 13, 2009
Trial was put off until Monday per defense motion. They say one of there expert witnesses is not available until the end of the month. After the judge made sure this was OK with Mr. C, she granted the motion. Resume on October 20. I would not be surprised if we didn’t get started until November.

Had a meeting with the DA's and their supervisor. I can answer some your questions here but not all as I do not want to give the defense any clue as to our strategy. I will say I am very pleased with the results of this meeting.

I was told that it is not unusual for this type of trial to take this long to get to court when the defendant has a private attorney and is not in custody.

If convicted on the criminal charge and deemed sane at the time of the wreck. Mr. C faces a maximum sentence of 6 years in state prison. If found insane a minimum of 180 days in a mental institution and a max of life.

Still have all 22 witnesses standing by per court order.
Mr. C is allowed to drive because he is innocent until proven guilty. Had he been under the influence they would have pulled his license on the spot.
The case has taken this long because it is strategy the defense uses for many reasons.
Mr. C has received 4 mental evaluations. 3 by the defense’s experts and one by the peoples expert. They experts will make the report to favor whomever is paying them.

I can assure the DA’s office is not tacking this case lightly. They are going after Mr. C,“BIG TIME” pun intended.
Interested

Hemet, CA

#687 Oct 14, 2009
Here's keeping my fingers crossed that it actually moves ahead on the 20th!(I always wondered if the Court asks for proof that an expert witness can't make it...and how long they allow a trial to be delayed because of that....)

Good luck!
Greg wrote:
Trial was put off until Monday per defense motion. They say one of there expert witnesses is not available until the end of the month. After the judge made sure this was OK with Mr. C, she granted the motion. Resume on October 20. I would not be surprised if we didn’t get started until November.
Had a meeting with the DA's and their supervisor. I can answer some your questions here but not all as I do not want to give the defense any clue as to our strategy. I will say I am very pleased with the results of this meeting.
I was told that it is not unusual for this type of trial to take this long to get to court when the defendant has a private attorney and is not in custody.
If convicted on the criminal charge and deemed sane at the time of the wreck. Mr. C faces a maximum sentence of 6 years in state prison. If found insane a minimum of 180 days in a mental institution and a max of life.
Still have all 22 witnesses standing by per court order.
Mr. C is allowed to drive because he is innocent until proven guilty. Had he been under the influence they would have pulled his license on the spot.
The case has taken this long because it is strategy the defense uses for many reasons.
Mr. C has received 4 mental evaluations. 3 by the defense’s experts and one by the peoples expert. They experts will make the report to favor whomever is paying them.
I can assure the DA’s office is not tacking this case lightly. They are going after Mr. C,“BIG TIME” pun intended.
Just curious

Modesto, CA

#688 Oct 14, 2009
So, as far as the mental evaluations go, it is 3-1 in favor of the defense?

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