PORTLAND -- The founder of Zupan's Markets, a grocery chain in Oregon, has died, following a hit-and-run crash in Portland Monday night.
John Zupan, 66, of Vancouver, was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with critical injuries after the crash. He later died at the hospital.
Investigators said Edy Reynoso-Ramirez, 32, was driving erratically and speeding eastbound along NEMarine Drive when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into Zupan's motorcycle near the 138th Avenue intersection. (Ramirez pictured in police mug shot at right.)
Portland police said Wednesday Ramirez could now face manslaughter charges in the case.
The driver fled on foot but police said they found him a short time later and arrested him around 8 p.m.
NEMarine Drive was closed between 138th and 148th Avenues as police investigated. They said both vehicles left the roadway after the crash, and Ramirez' Honda Civic ended up at the bottom of a steep embankment. The motorcycle was a 2009 BMW.
Ramirez was facing several other charges, including DUII. Police said he was also placed on an immigration hold.
Zupan started his unique Portland grocery store chain in 1975. His son, Mike took over in 2000 so that he could enjoy retirement.
Background:Zupan a well-known Portland businessman
Company info:Zupan's Markets Web site