Suspect in Zupan’s death charged, held without bail

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The man who is suspected of driving a car that killed the founder of Zupan’s Markets was indicted Thursday for first-degree manslaughter, a jail official said.

Edy Porfirio Reynoso-Ramirez, 32, allegedly drove the 1998 Honda Civic that crossed the center line Monday on Marine Drive in Portland and struck a 2009 BMW motorcycle driven by John Zupan, 66.

Zupan, a Vancouver resident, died overnight Tuesday from injuries sustained in the crash, a nursing supervisor at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center said Wednesday morning.

Police say that Ramirez was speeding, driving erratically and passing other vehicles before the collision. Both vehicles left the road, and the driver fled on foot, but police said they quickly captured him.

Reynoso-Ramirez was being held Thursday night in the Multnomah County Detention Center hours after being charged in court with first-degree manslaughter, an official said.

He’s also held on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and hit-and-run driving that caused injury and damage to property, a jail employee said.

His bail would be $512,500, but he’s also being held without bail on a federal immigration hold as a suspected illegal immigrant.

Zupan first started working as a courtesy clerk at Sheridan Fruit when he was 16. After spending 11 years working for Fred Meyer as the produce manager and produce district manager, he started Zupan’s Markets in 1975, according to the company’s website.

The three markets in Portland are known for items such as locally grown produce, and local gourmet wines and foods from local bakeries.