Shuji “Elvis” Sugawara, the handsome master sushi chef at Shinsei, suffered serious head injuries after a motorcycle accident late Sunday night in Lakewood. “It happened about 10 p.m.,” says Shinsei co-owner Tracy Moore Rathbun. “The doctors said he was so lucky. He is responding to the surgery really well.”
Sugawara was found by a passing motorist who called 911. There are no details about how the accident happened. Sugawara suffered a massive head injury and was in surgery all night Sunday. Eventually doctors stopped the bleeding in Sugawara’s brain. “Lynae stayed with him all night,” says Rathbun of her business partner, Lynae Fearing. “They said that head injuries like this are usually fatal.”
Sugawara is in ICU at Baylor. Rathbun projects he will be out of the restaurant for at least a month. Elvis will have a computer up soon! He wants to hear from you.