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Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Devil's Slide DUI Death

Thomas Harold Randall was convicted of vehicular manslaughter.

Millbrae resident Thomas Harold Randall, 53, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Tuesday for a drunk driving crash that killed a woman on Highway 1 near Pacifica.

Randall was returning to Millbrae from Pescadero after drinking beer and vodka all day, according to court records. He was driving on the wrong side of the road by Devil’s Slide at 75 mph, and then overcorrected to the right, crashing into the victim’s car.

The person killed was Paola Casara, a 32-year-old Italian tourist who was visiting friends in the area.

Randall had no idea where he was when CHP arrived on the scene, and officers recorded a .27 blood alcohol level, about 3 times the legal limit.

In April, Randall plead no contest to vehicular manslaughter. The district attorney was seeking 8 years and 9 months in prison.

Camden Swita August 03, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Hey Ron, could you adjust your Patch profile so that your full name is displayed alongside your comment? It's a rule I'm enforcing on Pacifica Patch from here on out. Thanks.
Bruce Hotchkiss August 05, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Ron do you think the his family has not been penalized by his alcoholism already? They may be much better off without him. If he was that drunk, he most likely drinks to excess often. We know nothing of his family so we can all only guess but if he drinks there are other problems at home.
kuuipo August 24, 2011 at 12:53 AM
@Camden: Would you please explain your rationale for requiring a full name and pointing out where, in the "Terms of Use", it mandates that be the case...assuming you are actually enforcing this? I also don't see that it's a requirement for other Patch editions, so seems to be inconsistent. Also, what is to stop someone from publishing a pseudonym? Finally, by imposing disclosure of both a first and last name, do you not think that will hinder commentary? Or, is that perhaps part of if not the goal here? Thanks.
Camden Swita August 24, 2011 at 01:16 AM
It was the requirement before the site was bombarded by so many comments after the pit bull attack. I couldn't keep up with all of the name checking, so I just let it go. It is in our terms of use, but its an aspect of those terms that not many Patch editions enforce. I decided I would try to enforce the rule because I think it makes for better, more reliable and less vulgar and inflammatory comments. It doesn't hinder commentary, it does the reverse. I'm still deciding whether I will go back to requiring names now that the pit bull comments have died down. I'll let you know whether you need to start using your real name or not. Thanks, Camden
kuuipo August 24, 2011 at 01:29 AM
Good to know. Thanks for the prompt reply. I challenge the notion it won't inhibit readership commentaries, but I suppose we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I do, however, agree it is likely to promote more thoughtful comments, which would be a welcome change given the content I have seen throughout several Patch editions. In any event, thanks for your response.

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