Driver sentenced to nine years in prison for crash that killed TapouT co-founder

By Steven Marrocco

An Orange County, Calif. man involved in a 2009 car crash that killed TapouT co-founder Charles “Mask” Lewis today was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Jeffrey David Kirby, 53, was in December found guilty of one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act with gross negligence while intoxicated. He faced sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury.

According to a report from “OC Weekly,” Superior Court Judge Richard F. Toohey heard victim-impact statements from Lewis’ siblings, as well as TapouT co-founder Dan “Punkass” Caldwell and Lewis’ girlfriend, Lacy Lynn White, before handing down the sentence.

White was riding with Lewis in his 2004 Ferrari at the time of the accident and suffered serious injuries when she was ejected from the car. Lewis died instantly.

Kirby faced a maximum of 13 years in prison. It was his second drunk-driving conviction.

Kirby was speeding his 1977 Porsche alongside Lewis’ in the early-morning hours of March 11, 2009, when he lost control of his car and hit Lewis. Lewis’ car crashed into a cement light pole and was torn in half. Kirby fled shortly thereafter.

A Newport Beach Police officer witnessed the crash and called officers to the scene, where Lewis was pronounced dead.

 

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