Zupan's Markets founder in critical condition after motorcycle collision Monday

Driver that hit him in custody for several allegations, immigration hold

By John Branton and Paul Suarez

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John James Zupan, founder of Portland’s Zupan’s Markets, was in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on Tuesday evening after his motorcycle was struck by a car Monday evening in Portland.

Zupan, 66, of Vancouver was riding his motorcycle on Northeast Marine Drive at 7:52 p.m. when an eastbound 1998 Honda Civic crossed the center line and struck the motorcycle head on, according to bulletins from the Portland Police Bureau.

The driver of the vehicle was speeding, driving erratically and passing other vehicles before the crash, according to police. Both vehicles left the road and the driver fled on foot, but police say they quickly captured him.

Portland police identified the driver of the Civic as 32-year-old Edy Porfirio Reynoso-Ramirez.

On Tuesday evening, Reynoso-Ramirez was being held in the Multnomah County detention center on suspicion of second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and hit-and-run driving that caused injury and damage to property, a jail employee said.

The bail on those charges would be $262,500, but he’s also being held without bail on a federal immigration hold as a suspected illegal immigrant.

The Zupan family has asked that news reporters not contact them.

The family’s three markets in Portland are known for gourmet items such as locally grown produce and heirloom tomatoes, wines made locally and globally, and foods from local bakeries. They also offer fresh meats, seafood and more.

Early next year, a fourth market, 20,000 square feet, is planned to open in Lake Oswego, Ore.

John Zupan founded the company 35 years ago and it remains family-owned, with the chief executive officer now being John’s son, Mike Zupan.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.