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.READ MORE: CDC Reverses Advisory Panel Recommendation, Includes High-Risk Workers In Booster Shot Eligibility
The mixed-martial arts entrepreneur better known to fans as the “Mask” died in the March 2009 wreck in Newport Beach.READ MORE: Crews Working To Contain Brush Fire Burning In Whittier Narrows Area
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.MORE NEWS: Thunderstorms Bring Heavy Rain, Flooding To Inland Empire, Mountain Areas
Kirby has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated.
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