Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr., the co-founder of the popular MMA clothing brand Tapout, did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his fatal car accident last month.
The OCRegister confirmed with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office that Mask’s toxicology tests detected no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system when his life was tragically taken.
In the early hours of March 10th, Mask’s red Ferrari was seen driving next to a recklessly-driven white Porsche in Newport Beach, California. Mask’s Ferrari ended up hopping the curb and hitting a streetlight, tearing the car completely in half. After coming to a brief stop, the Porsche fled the scene.
The Newport Beach paramedics pronounced Lewis dead on site. He was just 45 years of age.
Lacy Lynn White, Mask’s 23-year-old girlfriend who was sitting shotgun, was ejected through the windshield. She suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured elbow, but was eventually released from the hospital.
Newport Beach officers later spotted Jeffrey David Kirby, a 51-year-old resident of Costa Mesa, California, and Lynn Marie Nabozny, a 32-year-old Newport Beach resident, walking away from the Porsche a few blocks away from the scene. After further questioning, it was determined that Kirby was driving the car at the time of the accident.
On March 16th, Kirby was charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act with gross negligence while intoxicated, one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, and sentencing enhancements for fleeing the scene of a vehicular manslaughter and causing great bodily injury to multiple victims.
A public memorial service was held at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California on April 14th to honor the charismatic Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr.