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Driver Charged With Manslaughter Following Death of Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis


(A TapouT employee tends to a small memorial set up for "Mask" on the sidewalk outside company headquarters in Grand Terrace yesterday. Photo courtesy of the OC Register)

Yesterday we learned that Jeffrey David Kirby — the drunk driver who struck Charles Lewis’s car late Tuesday night, leading to the accident that killed him — had been cited for at least eight traffic violations since 2001, including a previous DUI bust. (Damn, where’s Dexter when you need him?) Well, Kirby’s just been formally charged. death-16555″>As Sherdog reports:

Jeffrey D. Kirby, 51, of Costa Mesa, Calif., has been 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,” according to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Kirby…faces a maximum sentence of 19 years and eight months if convicted. Kirby is being held on $2 million bail and will be arraigned on Friday afternoon at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, Calif.
 
Kirby was later apprehended with a female companion a few blocks from the crash by officers, who observed the couple walking away from Kirby’s vehicle. Kirby was described as “emitting an odor of alcohol, slurring his speech, and having bloodshot and watery eyes,” according to the release.
 
Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His girlfriend, Lacy Lynn White was ejected from the vehicle in the crash and landed on a nearby dirt embankment. White, 23, was transported to Western Medical Center – Santa Ana where she was treated for a fractured elbow, lacerations, and abrasions. Investigating officials told Sherdog.com on Thursday that White is in critical, but stable condition and is expected to survive.

The prospect of Kirby pleading down to a lighter sentence, then having time shaved off for "good behavior" is not sitting well with us right now, to say the least. Let’s hope the criminal justice system can do its job on this one.

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J Andermatt- March 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm
The Mask had some part in this. It pains me to say that if he wasnt going so fast, taking such a chance with his girlfriend in the car, this would of never happened. I hope that everybody can learn from this and realize that life is like a poker game, you must play the odds to win. Racing a drunk guy at a high rate of speed isnt playing the odds well. Rip Mask, you will always be in my heart.
Anonymous- March 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm
You can track the status of the case (just facts) online at www.occourts.org.
1) pick Online Case Access
2) then choose Criminal and Traffic Cases
3) then Accept Terms
4) Then search by last name Kirby, first name Jeffrey. The relevant case is 09HF0445.
Anonymous- March 15, 2009 at 9:19 am
I feel exactly what your saying. ive just lost one of my best friends to a dui hit & run it just went in front of a judge. My friend was a surgical tech at a hospital were he drove about 50 miles every day to assist his doctor in saving lives. He was driving home at 7:00am about 3 blocks away from home to his family.Soon after i get a knock on my door from my friends brother saying we just lost my friend to a drunk who was driving at a hi rate of speed when he struck the back of my friends truck. shoved him between a pole andd wall then rolled a couple of time when helped arrived the drunk fled. Witnesses say before my friend died and his lungs filled up with blood he was struggiling to free him self from the carnage as the drunk drove off to leave him there to die. this drunk only received a one year 6 month sentence. To me that is so wrong but who am I to say such a thing.
Warcraft- March 14, 2009 at 12:19 pm
Jesus H Christ Manslaughter(indirect) is not the same as Murder(direct) so Kirby should be charged and even do time given his prior history and fleeing the scene of a serious accident.
They could both come back full DUI but that wouldn't change the fact that someone still caused the death of another person.
Cause they were both racing that means its ok for one guy who (probly) caused the crash to get away with no jailtime at all wtf are some of these comments I read he should do time what if someone died because of your actions(indirect or direct).

This wasn't a accident it was 2 grown ass men doing what they wanted at 1am and now they should pay. I would say this of Mask to but hes already paid the ultimate price for his few minutes of fun.
Yes Mask isn't innocent but he doesn't have a history of DUI's or being a Rich douchebag.
Warcraft- March 14, 2009 at 12:19 pm
Jesus H Christ Manslaughter(indirect) is not the same as Murder(direct) so Kirby should be charged and even do time given his prior history and fleeing the scene of a serious accident.
They could both come back full DUI but that wouldn't change the fact that someone still caused the death of another person.
Cause they were both racing that means its ok for one guy who (probly) caused the crash to get away with no jailtime at all wtf are some of these comments I read he should do time what if someone died because of your actions(indirect or direct).

This wasn't a accident it was 2 grown ass men doing what they wanted at 1am and now they should pay. I would say this of Mask to but hes already paid the ultimate price for his few minutes of fun.
Yes Mask isn't innocent but he doesn't have a history of DUI's or being a Rich douchebag.
Jfranco- March 14, 2009 at 11:08 am
Kirby deserves what's coming to him. You think Mask didn't know how to drive a car fast? The bastard lost control hit Mask and therefore now he's dead. All of you are so hypocritical like non of you in your life time has driven a car passed 100mph. Kirby was drunk, has priors and deserves to rot in hell. He killed an awesome human being because he was a negligent ass! Rip Mask you'll be missed!
Anonymous- March 14, 2009 at 7:46 am
The bottom line is Mask made a series of bad choices that lead to his death. To blame someone else is completly wrong. The other driver should be held responsable for being a dumbass, but not for killing another human being. It's time that society as a whole takes responsability for their own actions with out blaming someone else. If Mask doesn't drive fast enough to split his car in half, Mask is still alive right now. Put the blame where it belongs. So much for being impartial journalists CP.
Pac-Man- March 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm
If you feel the need to race a drunk guy in a porsche- because you drive an comparable high performance sports car OR because you wanna impress your girlfriend OR because you got beef with him OR you're just having fun OR WHATEVER THE REASON- well then sorry but you're on borrowed time. This Kirby guy is a dipshit but none-the-less Mask could have easily prevented this by not taking his car up to a speed fast enough to SPLIT THE FUCKING THING IN HALF! C'mon, how can anyone put Mask's death squarely on Kirby's shoulders? He is a dipshit supreme, but not a murderer nor a man slaughterer.

I admire Masks passion and support for the sport of MMA and will always remember the guy for just that. That's how he wanted to be remembered and that's how we should try to remember him.
New Brunswick- March 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm
(Damn, where's Dexter when you need him?)

I was thinking the EXACT same thing!!

I don't know how people with a previous DUI can get behind the wheel when they obviously didn't learn a damn thing! And yes it takes two to tango but I can't help but think that maybe it was a one time thing (for Mask). Think back to all the stupid shit you used to do when you were young and how that could of turned out completely different and changed the lives of everyone around you.
B.J "The Pussy" Penn- March 13, 2009 at 9:20 pm
That fucker, that killed mask should get a life sentence.
Anonymous- March 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm
mask WAS NOT drunk. proven
Nick Hogan - March 13, 2009 at 5:59 pm
Hey Kirby call me if you need a good lawyer
Darkside- March 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm
I'm really amazed that CP is being so biased about this. So I guess personal responsibility doesn't apply to you if you make crappy mma t-shirts, huh?
Scrambled Eggs- March 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm
@ guru:

The point is that Mask's death was his own fault, he should not be given a free pass here. Nobody wants to say that Kirby is blameless.
Anonymous- March 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm
there is only one problem with their driving under the influence charges, they can't actually prove that he was drunk when he was driving. it said he took off and they found him later well it is quite possible and im sure this is what the lawyer will say is that he was in shock and left the seen and then had some drinks to combat his shock and calm him down. so that will get that thrown out and by the end of it he will probably end up with reckless and dangerous driving causing death.

Justice systems are a joke now, and they let people off easy.

its sad that mask died but they were both speeding, possible racing and both possibly intoxicated. its an unfortunate incident which could have been prevented.

My condolences go to his family, and friends.
guru- March 13, 2009 at 2:53 pm
why would you take the time to stick up for a drunk driver? his side does not deserve to be considered.
Roy- March 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm
i really wonder if this accident happened the other way around.....

mask and kirby are both driving fast side by side, and kirby crashes and his car splits in two... would we be screaming for masks head?

if kirby was actually drunk he should be charged with a dui. if we can PROVE he hit masks car, and mask didn't hit his car, we should throw a manslaughter charge at him.
Cool- March 13, 2009 at 1:52 pm
I have no life, friends or education.
Anonymous- March 13, 2009 at 1:49 pm
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Wildcard- March 13, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Ok your all saying its Kirby's fault for being drunk are you fucking kidding me ?

They were both racing, and the police still hasn't released Autopsy report of Mask(what's left of him anyways.) to say he wasn't drunk, so please don't judge either or, if they were racing and both of them were drunk, its their reponsability not Kirby's, its both of them what happened to Mask, and his girlfriend is all both of those guys fault. It takes two to tango, racing is illegal for a reason, see the accident pictures they say it all...... good afternoon.
chickenfryer- March 13, 2009 at 1:35 pm
it is really sad mask R.I.P..............................kirby i hope u rot in prison and 1 more thin dont drop the soap kirby u fagit ass peace of shit
Anonymous- March 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Why doesn't everyone wait until toxicology results come back for Mask? If he was drunk/high on blow too, then this guy shouldn't go down for anything above reckless driving/DUI.

Ample- March 13, 2009 at 1:22 pm
All parties involved seemed to be pretty carless. For god sake the fiance of Charles wasnt even wearing a seat belt. C'mon now....
Anonymous- March 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm
Doesn't everyone know by now that rich people don't go to jail.
Anonymous- March 13, 2009 at 1:17 pm
For the most part, yall are a bunch of asshats!

A man died and another one caused it drunk.
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