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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | November 30, 2010
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.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | November 26, 2010
His funeral at Crystal Cathedral drew thousands of friends and fans. People talked about how his ambition forced him to risk it all, leaving his job as a sheriff's deputy to sell TapouT shirts out of the back of his car. No one had even heard of his brand back then. Now it's a $50-million company. When Huntington Beach resident Charles "Mask" Lewis was killed in a Newport Beach car crash in March 2009, fans of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship league and TapouT were devastated.
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December 1, 2002
INSIDE THE PILOT COMMUNITY FORUM Karen McGlinn, executive director of Share Our Selves, talks with City Editor James Meier about the nonprofit agency and the people it helps. See Page A9 LIFE & LEISURE Beautiful wreaths, as described in Karen Wight's "No Place Like Home" column, are part and parcel of the holiday season. Find out more about them. ALSO: Looking for an extravagant gift for that special someone?
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October 24, 2002
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Vehicle fire slows freeway traffic A SigAlert was issued for about an hour after a vehicle caught fire on the northbound San Diego Freeway near Fairview Road Wednesday evening, California Highway Patrol officials said. The 7 p.m. call reported that a vehicle was on its side, CHP officer Katrina Lundgren said. "We then started getting more calls saying the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames," she said. Traffic was backed up after three lanes and the carpool lane were closed.
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By Joseph Serna | March 11, 2009
A Costa Mesa man will likely face felony charges today alleging that he contributed to the death of a clothing label’s co-founder in an early morning Newport Beach car crash Wednesday, authorities said. Newport Beach police arrested Jeffrey Kirby, 51, and his passenger, Lynn Nabozny, 32, about 1 a.m. Wednesday after authorities say the two were seen walking away from Kirby’s white Porsche, only blocks away from a fatal car crash on Jamboree Road. Police would not rule out speed and alcohol as possible factors that led to the crash.
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By Joseph Serna | March 13, 2009
A Costa Mesa man was charged with vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol Friday, two days after police said he hit another man’s car with his Porsche and caused that driver to lose control and smash into a light pole in Newport Beach. Jeffrey Kirby, 51, is charged with contributing to the death of Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr., 45, of Huntington Beach, who died early Wednesday when his 2004 Ferrari Modena got ripped in two after slamming into a light pole on Jamboree Road north of Eastbluff Drive.
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March 12, 2004
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Man arrested after chase, crash, chase A 24-year-old Garden Grove man was arrested early Thursday morning after police were led on a short pursuit that ended when the driver crashed into the wall of a Ferrari dealership, police said. Officers took custody of Paul Gordon Benjamin and booked him on suspicion of stealing a vehicle, evading police, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, Costa Mesa Lt. Dale Birney said.
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By Brianna Bailey | May 6, 2010
The family of a 24-year-old man who died in a fiery Christmas Eve crash on Pacific Coast Highway has filed a $5-million wrongful death claim against the city of Newport Beach. Members of the Abinader family of Huntington Beach allege that Newport Beach rescue workers did not respond fast enough to the scene where their eldest son and brother, Ralph Abinader, died shortly after dusk, according to claims filed recently against the city. They also claim that the head-on crash could have been prevented had the city installed higher traffic barriers on the stretch where the crash occurred.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | December 8, 2010
SANTA ANA — A Costa Mesa man was convicted of manslaughter Wednesday in a drunk-driving crash that killed mixed martial arts clothing icon Charles "Mask" Lewis. A Central Justice Center jury found Jeffrey David Kirby, 53, responsible for the March 11, 2009, wreck in Newport Beach. That night Kirby was driving his 1977 Porsche with a blood-alcohol level above .13 when he lost control on southbound Jamboree Road, north of Eastbluff Drive. Driving alongside him was TapouT clothing brand founder Lewis, 45, in a 2004 Ferrari with his girlfriend, Lacy White, riding in the passenger seat.
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