PORTLAND – A restaurant manager and a patron were hospitalized after a car slammed into a building in Northwest Portland Friday.
The crash happened at NW 23rd and Thurman when the driver of a Volvo station wagon smashed through the window and wall, pinning the manager of Wild Wasabe restaurant under the vehicle.
The manager was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. A patron in the restaurant was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Volvo was 82-year-old was identified as Kenneth Shores, of Lebanon, Oregon, according to police.
Shores mistook the gas pedal for the brake and that he was not impaired, said Lt. Kelli Sheffer of Portland Police.
Sheffer added that Shores and his passenger were not hurt and fully cooperated with police.
The car ended up entirely inside the restaurant before crews could close streets and begin removing it.
The investigation was ongoing.
Shores is a noted ceramics artist with work in a Smithsonian collection. He was listed as professor emeritus at Lewis & Clark College.