Man shot to death on highway had two of his children in car

The killing of a 37-year-old husband and father of three as he drove along Interstate Highway 280 with two of his kids in the car was the result of “road rage,” San Francisco police said Thursday.

Luis “Big Lou” Solari, a San Francisco native who moved to Richmond seven years ago, was identified Thursday as the victimof the shooting, which happened about 6 p.m. Wednesday on the southbound side of the highway about half a mile before the Monterey Boulevard exit.

His 7- and 8-year-old children were with him when several men in a light-colored sedan pulled up on the right side of Solari’s 2004 Honda and shot him, according to police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens.

The children, who were sitting in the back of the car, were unhurt by either the shooting or the crash that followed as the Honda veered across four lanes of traffic, but now they must grieve the premature death of their father, a friend said Thursday.

Solari had been working for the last 20 years as a deliveryman at Cherin’s Appliances, according to Rene Quinonez, a longtime friend and director of the San Francisco nonprofit HOMEY.

“Big Lou was a sweetheart, but he was intimidating,” Quinonez said of the Mission district native. “He picked up fridges like they were chairs, but he never used his size for violence.”

The owners of Chenin’s Appliances are working to put together a memorial fund for Solari to benefit his wife and three kids. There have been no arrests in the case and police are calling on witnesses to come forward.

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