While Charles Mask Lewis’ level of involvement in the accident that took his life remains unknown, the police have formally charged the guy in the other car with his death:
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, who has a prior 2002 conviction for driving under the influence, faces a maximum sentence of 19 years and eight months if convicted.
“Kirby is accused of speeding alongside a 2004 Ferrari-,” read the release, “- [and] is accused of losing control of his car due to his unsafe speed and crashing into Lewis’ vehicle.”
The Newport Beach Police Dept. has not depicted the accident as a “drag race.”
The two things we don’t want to hear: that this was a race thing or that alcohol was involved on Mask’s end. Right now this Kirby dude is looking like he fits the bill of someone who causes a horrific accident single-handedly … he was even visibly drunk when picked up trying to flee the scene. And that’s on top of a laundry list of other driving violations. While Mask’s death (like most automobile deaths) is already infuriatingly pointless, it would be even worse to learn that it involved street racing.