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Driver Dies When Ferrari Crashes, Splits in Half

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- A man was killed and a woman was injured early Wednesday when a speeding red Ferrari crashed into a light pole in Newport Beach, and the driver of a white Porsche was arrested as police investigate whether a street race led to the wreck.

The deceased was identified as TapouT clothing line owner Charles Lewis Jr., according to TMZ.com.

The crash on southbound Jamboree Road near Camelback Street occurred just before 1 a.m., according to Newport Beach Police Lt. Craig Fox.

An officer in a patrol car was going north on Jamboree when he noticed two vehicles, a 2004 Ferrari Modena and a 1977 white Porsche coupe, swerving out of control, Fox said.

"Apparently they had collided and this was the aftermath of the collision," Fox said.

The Ferrari hit a light pole, knocking it over, while the impact of the crash broke the car in half and left the front portion of the high-performance Italian sports car crushed by the light pole.

Fox said the wreckage was such that "we don't know if he was the driver."

"It was a very violent crash," Fox said.

A woman thrown from the car was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana suffering from broken bones, including a broken arm, Fox said.

"He apparently lost control of the vehicle, hit the curb and a light pole," said Lt. Steve Shulman. "It broke up in several pieces."

The driver of the Porsche did not stop and drove away, but another officer spotted the vehicle on Bison Avenue, west of Jamboree, Fox said. A man and woman who were walking away were arrested, he said.

Jeffrey David Kirby, 51, of Costa Mesa, was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter with DUI. Lynn Marie Nabozny, 32, of Newport Beach, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication but was later released, Fox said.

Kirby was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, he said.

Skid marks at the scene indicate the cars were traveling at a high rate of speed, the lieutenant said.

The name of the woman in the Ferrari was not immediately available, and the man's name will be released after family members are notified, Fox said.

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Tapout founder Charles 'Mask' Lewis dies in Ferrari crash

Charles  Lewis Jr., a.k.a "Mask," founder of the Tapout brand of mixed martial arts apparel label, has died in a Newport Beach car accident, reports our L.A. Now compatriot Ari B. Bloomekatz.

Although Newport Police would not release the name of the car crash victim pending notification of next of kin, press representatives of the  San Bernardino County-based company confirmed Lewis had passed away on Monday evening, with the following statement:

    It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we must regretfully confirm the passing of our beloved friend, brother and co-founder Charles 'Mask' Lewis following a car accident that occurred last night. We are currently in the process of setting up a memorial service in his honor and will release more details as they become available.

    Many thanks to all for the outpouring of blessings and well-wishing during this incredibly difficult time.

charles lewis jr mask tapout charles lewis charles lewis junior charles lewis tapout I  first met the San Bernardino native and his Tapout brethren -- who go by the names SkySkrape (real name unknown) and Punkass (a.k.a. Dan Caldwell) at an MMA expo in Long Beach last August as part of my Image section cover story about the boom in MMA apparel.

I spent several hours with him after that, each time walking away impressed how much he seemed to be genuinely grateful for each fan, clasping their hands in his, mugging for photos, hoisting toddlers on his broad shoulders for snapshots.

He seemed to be afraid of disappointing them. If initial reports are correct -- that he was racing his Ferrari against a Porsche before he died Wednesday about 1 a.m. -- his passing will have done just that, shuffling off this mortal coil as flamboyantly as he strode through it.

He was always quick with an analogy. I remember something he said when I asked about the future potential of MMA brands: “If this is the Yellow Brick Road and Oz is in the distance, we’re still trying to go up the path to find the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion."

But even in my brief encounter with him, I could see something deeper and more meaningful behind the face paint and floppy camo hat. At one point before I left the Tapout compound in Grand Terrace last August, Lewis sat across from me in the conference room. After a question about the spiritual undertones of the sport -- the good vs. evil, the abundance of crosses and crusader imagery -- he leaned forward, flashed a wide Chesire Cat smile, and whispered almost conspiratorially. "We all want to feel like we're David taking on Goliath." For a brief instant, I had met the man behind the Mask.

It's a shame that so many MMA fans will mourn the passing of the outsized gentle giant with the drill-sergeant demeanor and and so few will have had the rare privilege to see the man beneath it.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2009/03/tapout-founder.html



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ouch.... thats a pretty big impact to rip the car in half in that position.



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That first photo is shocking. The front and rear sections are more or less intact but the passenger cell has completely disintegrated  :eek:









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