SANTA ANA — With a drunk driving conviction already on his record, Jeffrey David Kirby of Costa Mesa chose to drink and drive again in March 2009, a decision that contributed to the death of a mixed martial arts icon, prosecutors said in opening statements Tuesday.
Kirby, 53, is accused of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after getting into a collision with Charles "Mask" Lewis of Huntington Beach on March 11, 2009, in Newport Beach. Lewis founded the TapouT clothing brand, which is popular in the world of mixed martial arts.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Jason Baez told the Central Justice Center jury that Kirby and Lewis were racing their European sports cars southbound on Jamboree Road, south of Eastbluff Drive. Kirby, who was on a date with a female passenger, was driving a 1977 Porsche.