Charles "Mask" Lewis, Tapout Clothing Owner, Killed in Car Crash
Charles "Mask" Lewis, co-founder of the mixed martial arts (MMA) clothing company Tapout, has been killed in a car crash in Newport Beach, California.
Lewis, a star of the Versus reality TV show “Tapout,” was 45 years old.
He was announced dead at the scene of an accident believed to have involved his red Ferrari and a white Porsche, said Lt. Fox, of the Newport Beach Police Dept.
A female, who was identified as Lewis’ girlfriend by friends, was ejected from the car and rushed to Western Medical Center, where she is believed to be in stable condition.
A Newport Beach police officer reported seeing a red Ferrari and white Porsche "spinning out of control just before 1am.
Newport Beach Lt. Craig Fox said:
The Ferrari "hit the curb and then collided with a pole." The Porsche came to a stop at the scene for a few seconds and then sped away, Fox said.
"It was terrible. It was extensive damage to the vehicle," Fox said, adding that the Ferrari appeared to have split in half.
A woman in the Ferrari was ejected during the accident and taken to a hospital, where she was in stable condition, Fox said. He said police have not determined which one was driving and which one was the passenger.
Police located the Porsche on Bison Avenue just west of Jamboree Road shortly afterward and saw a man and a woman walking away from the car.
"The vehicle had moderate damage and appeared to be consistent with the car involved in the accident on Jamboree," Fox said. "They determined that the male had been driving the Porsche, and he was arrested" for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, he said.
In a message on its company website, Tapout thanked well-wishers for their support:
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we must regretfully confirm the passing of our beloved friend, brother and co-founder Charles "Mask" Lewis following a car accident that occurred last night. We are currently in the process of setting up a memorial service in his honor and will release more details as they become available.