Restaurant owner killed in hit-and-run crash

Full story: Lake County Record-Bee

He called men and women baby, cooked a mean pescatore and was a warm, loving man, who accepted every greeting with a hug.
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not safe

Clearlake, CA

#33 Sep 29, 2010
Local Legends wrote:
"It's a very dangerous intersection!"
I'll second that! From the stop sign on Siegler, you must creep out almost onto the highway in order to see whether there's oncoming, and usually very fast downhill traffic.
Coming south on Highway 29 the visibility is better, but as "enough" says, people are often speeding. You never know whether someone waiting at the stop sign will decide to pull out right in front of you. When keeping to 60 mph coming down that hill I've been tailgated, lights and horns sounded at me.
It is sad when a moment of carelessness takes the life of someone so much loved by many in the community. Just a reminder of how transitory life is. Please everyone, drive carefully. Leave early and give yourself plenty of time if you must be punctual. Don't risk your life and the lives of others by being disorganized and then saying "Oops, I'm late--must hurry and shave off a few seconds!"
Caltrans has a definite "line of sight" issue(up the hill) from that intersection. Winter time is not bad, but with full summer foliage, the line of sight(up the hill) is restricted by trees and bushes.
55 mph (or more) traffic is not visable and upon you very quickly in the summer season when you try to get onto Hwy 29 from Siegler Canyon Road.
Judy and Ralph Dyssegaard

Concord, CA

#34 Sep 29, 2010
Just heard the tragic news. This world has lost a very dear and caring soul. Still not real. Zino, so full of life, energy, and goodness towards his fellow man; so giving of his time and such kindnesses to others; he always took the time to share a hug..... God's abundant blessings be with Jan, family and friends who loved him so dearly. We will miss him too.....Thankful to have know such a man. His spirit lives on. Judy and Ralph Dyssegaard
scorpio

San Rafael, CA

#38 Sep 30, 2010
so sad God bless
Heartbroken

Windsor, CA

#45 Sep 30, 2010
As a dear friend of Jan and Zino's I am so relieved that he turned himself in. May we all have closure now.

Since: Jun 09

Oakland, CA

#47 Oct 8, 2010
I'll truly miss Zino. His hug always made me feel welcome. I met him in Santa Rosa years ago as we were shopping for our restaurant supplies. I looked at his cart and said ummm yummy must be French Foods, his answer, " Italian, in Sonoma, Zino's " we shook hands and my first hug from Zino standing in line. I had eaten there a few times on a romantic date while in Sonoma.

One day years later, I noticed a new sign "Zino's" on Soda Bay Rd. A big smile came on my face and I pulled over and noticed the kitchen door was open. And the smell was so yummy I knew it had to be. I walked in and said I am here to check the food if it taste as good as it smells. His smile was wide and he put down his knife and said welcome to my new business as he welcomed me with a hug and we talked food and wine for hours. His help started to show up and things started to get busy so it was time to go. I invited a date to come with me the next night for dinner.

I've not been able accept his loss yet. My eyes swell up and tears fall even now writing this. He is still with me in my heart. So many will be missing your hugs. Just seems so wrong to have lost such a wonderful person.

Peace Love and a Hug

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