Prosecutor: 100 MPH Crash Killed ‘TapouT’ Founder
SANTA ANA (AP) — Prosecutors say skid marks show a man charged in the death of TapouT clothing line founder Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr. was going more than 100 mph before crashing into Lewis’ red Ferrari.
Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez said Tuesday that 53-year-old Jeffrey David Kirby was speeding when he lost control and crashed into Lewis’ high-end sports car.
The mixed-martial arts entrepreneur better known to fans as the “Mask” died in the March 2009 wreck in Newport Beach.
Prosecutors say Kirby had a blood-alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit two hours after the collision.
Defense attorney Mark Fredrick says Kirby had been drinking but blames Lewis for driving at a “frightful” speed that caused the accident.
Kirby has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated.
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