According to Portland Police, the motorcycle rider that was involved in Monday night’s crash on Northeast Marine Drive, 66-year-old John Zupan of Vancouver, died Tuesday evening at 10:04 p.m. at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
Mr. Zupan is the founder of Portland’s Zupan Markets.
The vehicle driver, 32-year-old Edy Porfirio Reynoso-Ramirez, was originally charged with Assault in the Second Degree, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, DUII, and Reckless Driving. Ramirez was booked into the Multnomah County Jail. Ramirez may now face a charge of Manslaughter in the First Degree.
Investigators from the Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team learned that Ramirez was traveling eastbound on Marine Drive and that he was speeding, driving erratically, and passing other vehicles prior to the crash. East of 138th Avenue, Ramirez crossed the center-line and struck Zupan head-on.
Both the vehicle and the motorcycle left the roadway after the crash, with the vehicle ending up some distance away and all the way down a steep embankment. The vehicle is a 1998 Honda Civic 4-door and the motorcycle is a 2009 BMW.