Charles Lewis Jr, Clothing Firm Founder Killed in Ferrari Crash

March 13th, 2009 - 12:15 am ICT by GD  

Charles Lewis Jr, 45, who went by the name of “Mask” was killed when his Ferrari crashed into a light pole. He was the co-founder of a $100 million company called TapouT. The impact of the crash split the Ferrari in half and while Mask was declared dead at the scene his co-passenger, an unidentified woman, was taken to hospital.

The police made an arrest of the driver of a 1977 Porsche suspecting gross vehicular manslaughter under influence. An officer on duty at the spot said he saw the driver, Jeffrey David Kirby, 51, from Costa Mesa was trying to escape from the scene after his Porsche was involved in the crash.

Kirby has had traffic violation tickets in the past with a 2002 conviction of driving under influence, according to court and Department of Motor Vehicles Records. He was being held against a $2 million bail.

The officer on duty said that the Porsche was driving alongside the Ferrari on Jamboree Road, near Eastbluff Drive. The two cars reportedly spun out of control possibly after they collided. The Ferrari jumped on the curb and then hit the light pole. The officer reported that the Porsche stopped for a few moments and then sped away.

The Newport Beach Police reported a white Porsche with a moderate damage collision a few blocks away. They questioned a man and a woman who seemed to be walking away from it. The man was later identified as Jeffrey David Kirby, 51, and his co-passenger Lynn Marie Nabozny, 32, of Newport Beach. They were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication but he was later released.

The Ferrari, a 2004 Modena model, $140,000 was split from the middle and the rear was spun 30 feet away from the front. The unidentified woman was thrown from the car and there was no information on her condition.

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