A strange day for Portland restaurants has turned brutal for one: A Volvo wagon plowed into the dining room of Wild Wasabe Japanese Bistro on Northwest Thurman Street, critically injuring the manager.
Police told our news partners at KATU
the crash occurred around 4:30 pm, when the 80-year-old driver stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake while trying to park. No customers were in the restaurant, but a manager, a 28-year-old witnesses identified only as Bo, was seated at a window table and pinned under the Volvo.
Ada Chavez, a server at Wild Wasabe, told WW
she was sitting at the table with two other employees, but stood up to get menus when she saw the Volvo parking. One man was only injured in his foot, she said. "The other one got ran over," Chavez said. "He was bleeding a lot from his ears. They're doing CAT scans, but it doesn't look too good.
"If I didn't get up from the table," Chavez added, her voice choking, "I would've been ran over also."
The accident comes just three months after Wild Wasabe completed a full renovation from its previous iteration as Umenoki Japanese Restaurant.
Photos by Adam Krueger.