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Driver Killed in I-280 Crash Identified as Don Pico's Owner

Isaac Mejia owned two restaurants in San Bruno and was an active member of the business community and the Lions Club. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The driver who died in a on Interstate 280 Saturday has been identified as Isaac Mejia, the beloved owner of Don Pico's and an active member of the San Bruno community.

Just after 11 p.m. Saturday, Mejia was heading north on I-280 near the interstate Highway 380 connector in San Bruno when his car slammed into a concrete wall on the freeway, the CHP said.

Mejia, 51, a longtime San Bruno resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, and investigators are trying to determine whether he died solely due to injuries suffered in the crash or for medical reasons.

Mejia grew up in San Bruno and was the son of immigrants from the Mexican state of Sonora—Issac Mejia Sr. and Herlinda Mejia—who opened in 1975. The restaurant was a small operation until Mejia took over the restaurant in 1999. He brightened the look of the restaurant, updated the kitchen and added his own touch to the menu.

Don Pico's is now an institution in the city.

Recently, the restaurant , and the exterior of the building was updated, the restaurant was expanded in size, and a second dining room and bar were added. Mejia also adorned the restaurant with a number of antique items, including chandeliers made from Austrian crystal from the San Francisco Ferry Building, a trophy fish from Bing Crosby’s private collection and a 1925 mahogany Brunswick bar from the San Francisco Cliff House—an extension of his love for art and design.

Just down the street from Don Pico's is Mejia's second San Bruno restaurant, The Rib Shack.

In addition to being a restauranteur, Mejia was very active in the business and volunteer community. He has been involved with the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce for years, and he was a dedicated member of the San Bruno Lions Club.

At the Lions Club's installation ceremony in June, the club honored Mejia with the .

One of the things Mejia was always known for was his willingness to serve others.

"He was one of the most magnanimous people I've ever met," said Mel Phillips, a past president of the San Bruno Lions Club. "He was willing to help everybody."

Mejia leaves behind a wife and a daughter.

Martha September 13, 2012 at 06:05 PM
To the Mejia Family - we were so very shocked and saddened to hear of Issac's passing. We had just seen him a few days prior and as always, his smile would make us feel at home. We've been coming to Don Pico's for years and we still say it's the best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Con mucho carino, The Sotos
lori epidendio September 14, 2012 at 02:17 AM
wow oh wow, what a great loss ,"AGAIN" for the city of san bruno. many of tears will fall. bless the family.
Dora September 14, 2012 at 09:24 PM
My thoughts and prayers to the Mejia family and abundant friends. I grew up eating at Don Picos. After I gave birth to my son in redwood city we dined at Don Picos before goin home, we lived in South City at the time. My Grandma, my Mom, myself, my son have all enjoyed Don Picos over the years. God bless all that knew and loved Isaac. May he rest in peace with GOD and the Angels. Love Dora C(grandma-RIP), Clara G(Mom), Dora C(me), Armani C(my son), and Ana G(mom #2)
martin September 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Descansa en Paz! Hermano! My prayers go out to whole family! Thank You Isaac! For giving me the opportunity to work with you! But most of all for taking time, to talk with me on a personal level and just enjoy a COLD BEER and some wonderful CEVICHE or what ever other dish you so graciously put together! Much Love to you and your Family! Martin Iniguez
connie meaney September 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM
We at Mustang Brothers are so sad to hear of Isaac's untimely passing. He was a wonderful man and the most gracious of hosts. We will miss him a tremendously. Our hearts go out to the whole Mejia family. Much love, Ray & Connie Meaney

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