According to reports by Newport Beach injury lawyer website, a Newport Police officer witnessed the accident that took the life of Charles “Mask” Lewis.
The officer that saw the crash stated he witnessed a red Ferrari and a white Porsche both spinning out of control on Jamboree Road in the vicinity of Bison Avenue and East Bluff Drive at approximately 1: 00 a.m. Spokesman for the Newport Police Department Lt. Craig Fox stated the Farrari struck the curb and then struck a pole. The Farrari had been damaged in a way that it was split in half according to Lt. Fox.
Charles “Mask” Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, he was the co-founder of the mixed-martial-arts apparel company TapouT, which also sponsors fighters.
There was also a female passenger that was ejected from the vehicle during the crash; she was transported to the hospital. According to Lt. Fox the woman is in stable condition and the police have not determined with certainty which person was driving the Jaguar when it crashed.
Lt. Fox said that the white Porsche stopped at the scene of the crash and then fled the scene. The Porsche was later found by police on Bison Avenue where a man and woman were walking away from the vehicle. The car had moderate damage that was consistent with the car involved in spinout with the Jaguar.
The driver of the Porsche was identified as Jeffrey David Kirby age 51, a resident of Costa Mesa and was determined to be the driver of the Porsche. Kirby was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence. According to Lt. Fox his bail was set at $1 million dollars.
The passenger was identified as Lynn Marie Nabozny age 32 and a resident of Newport Beach, she was arrested for public intoxication. Lt. Fox stated she was released at approximately 7:45 a.m. and will not be formally charged.
According to Lt. Fox the investigation will continue and police have identified skid marks at the scene that are show the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash and the speed limit in that vicinity is 50 miles per hour.