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Man charged in death of mixed martial arts figure

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a man Friday with vehicular manslaughter in the death of a mixed martial arts promoter killed when his red Ferrari was sheared in half in a collision.

Jeffrey David Kirby, 51, of Costa Mesa was also charged with gross negligence and one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury.

Prosecutors are also seeking sentencing enhancements for fleeing the scene and causing bodily injury to more than one person.

Charles David Lewis Jr., known as "Mask," died early Wednesday after his 2004 Ferrari Modena collided with Kirby's 1977 Porsche in Newport Beach. The Ferrari hit a cement light post and was sliced in half, trapping Lewis in the front half and ejecting his passenger, 23-year-old Lacy Lynn White.

She remained hospitalized with a fractured elbow and lacerations.

Police discovered a Porsche not far from the accident with moderate body damage. They found Kirby and his passenger, 32-year-old Lynn Marie Nabozny, walking away from the car.

Nabozny, of Newport Beach, was arrested for investigation of public intoxication and released. She will not be charged, police said.

Kirby, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to driving under the influence, had a blood-alcohol level of .13 two hours after the crash, prosecutors said in a statement. The legal limit for drivers in California is .08.

He also had a 1985 conviction for driving under the influence in Nevada, said Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez.

Lewis, 45, was known for his signature face paint stripes and was a pioneer in mixed martial arts, considered an extreme sport that combines wrestling, martial arts and boxing. It remains illegal in some states.

He and his friends sold T-shirts at local gyms and events before founding the clothing line TapouT in 1997. The line is sold in 20,000 stores worldwide and last year had more than $50 million in revenue.

Lewis and two partners also starred in a reality TV show called "TapouT" on the Versus channel that involved roaming the country seeking mixed martial arts fighters to train and sponsor.

At a brief hearing Friday, Kirby's arraignment was continued until March 27 at his request, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

Kirby's bail was reduced to $500,000 from $2 million, with the condition that he cannot drive or consume alcohol if he posts the bond, she said.

Defense attorney Steven Cron said he couldn't comment on the strength of the case because he had not received enough information from prosecutors.

He said he hopes to get Kirby's bail lowered again in case he can't pay the current amount.

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Man faces nearly 20 years in OC Ferrari death

Mask A 51-year-old Costa Mesa man was charged today with causing the death of a well-known mixed-martial-arts figure who died after his Ferrari spun into a light pole in Newport Beach, a violent collision that ripped his sports car in two and hurled his girlfriend onto an embankment.

Jeffrey David Kirby, who has a prior conviction for driving under the influence in 2002, was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Kirby will be in court this afternoon.

Charles David Lewis Jr. -- known in fighting circles as “Mask” and the owner of a multimillion-dollar apparel company -- was pronounced dead at the scene, and his passenger, Lacy Lynn White, 23, was treated for a fractured elbow.

Authorities said Kirby was speeding in his 1977 Porsche early Wednesday morning on Jamboree Road in Newport Beach when he lost control and crashed into Lewis’ 2004 Ferrari, which caused the sports car to veer into the light pole.

Prosecutors say Kirby fled the scene but was soon apprehended, with a blood alcohol level of 0.13.

He could face up to 19 years and eight months in prison if convicted. He is being held on $2 million bail.  His passenger in the Porsche, Lynn Marie Nabozny, 32, was arrested but later released.

Lewis, the founder the TapouT apparel company, lived in Huntington Beach.

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Woman in Ferrari crash was dating TapouT co-founder

Lacy Lynn White suffered 'extensive' injuries in the crash that killed Charles 'Mask' Lewis Jr.
By DOUG IRVING
The Orange County Register


The girlfriend of mixed-martial-arts pioneer Charles "Mask" Lewis Jr. – hurled from his Ferrari in the crash that killed him this week – remains in intensive care with head and internal injuries, an attorney for her family said today.

Lacy Lynn White, 23, suffered "quite extensive" injuries in the crash and has had surgery on her arm, attorney Vincent J. Bartolotta Jr. said. He described the family's outlook as "optimistic but guarded."

White worked at the clothing company that Lewis helped create, TapouT, and had been dating him, Bartolotta said. He did not have further details and said she was "too badly injured at this point" for him to talk to her directly.

Police have said that White's medical condition has stabilized, and prosecutors said today that she was being treated for a fractured elbow and several cuts and scrapes. But Bartolotta said she also has head and internal injuries and internal bleeding that doctors are still evaluating.

White was riding in Lewis' Ferrari when he lost control of the car, jumped a curb and slammed into a street lamp with enough force to shear the car in half and knock the street lamp over. He was killed instantly; she was thrown from the car and landed on a dirt embankment nearby.

A Costa Mesa man with two drunken-driving convictions on his record faces charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing bodily injury. Jeffrey David Kirby, 51, could be sentenced to more than 19 years in prison if convicted.

White's parents declined to comment and referred questions to their attorney, Bartolotta.

Asked whether he was considering a lawsuit, Bartolotta said: "Right now, the concern is with her. Obviously, there may well be issues related to the legal aspects of it, and that's what we're exploring."

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Bail cut denied for man charged in Ferrari crash

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—An Orange County judge has denied a request to reduce bail for a man charged with vehicular manslaughter and other counts in the death of a mixed martial arts promoter and founder of the clothing line TapouT.

Attorneys for Jeffrey David Kirby sought to lower his bail from $500,000 to $100,00 on Friday, but the judge refused.

Prosecutors allege Kirby was drunk when his Porsche collided with Charles David Lewis Jr.'s Ferrari Modena on March 11. The Ferrari hit a cement light post and was sliced in half, trapping Lewis in the front half and ejecting his girlfriend.

Kirby is also charged with gross negligence and driving under the influence causing bodily injury. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of all counts.

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