TapouT co-founder dies in car crash

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  1. nitronostrils

    nitronostrils New Member

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    Charles "Mask" Lewis, the 45-year-old co-founder of the TapouT apparel company, died when he lost control of his Ferrari and hit a lamp pole. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.
    In a statement on its Web site, TapouT said, "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. ... Many thanks to all for the outpouring of blessings and well-wishes during this incredibly difficult time."
    The Los Angeles Times reported that a Newport Beach Police Department officer witnessed the crash and saw Lewis' red Ferrari and a white Porsche spinning out of control just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. The Ferrari then hit the curb and collided into a pole.
    "It was terrible," Newport Beach Lt. Craig Fox told the Times. "It was extensive damage to the vehicle."
    A woman in the Ferrari was ejected from the vehicle and was in stable condition at a local hospital. Police haven't determined if she was the driver or passenger of the Ferrari, according to the Times.
    Police later arrested the driver of the Porsche, Jeffrey David Kirby, and charged him with gross vehicular manslaughter. He was being held on $1 million bail.
    There was a 50-mph limit on the road, but police believe both cars were traveling well above that limit, according to a report on KTLA.com. The Web site also reported that Lewis' car appeared to be a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, which can reach a top speed of 205 mph and carries a price tag around $300,000. Lewis and Dan "Punkass" Caldwell founded TapouT in 1997 as a clothing and MMA gear retailer. In addition to retail, the private company also signed deals with fighters, including Kimbo Slice, and is a sponsor of fight events.
     
  2. Mi11er

    Mi11er New Member

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    Beat me to it. That is a bad deal, it sucks they were being stupid
     

  3. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    Should have been driving a Hyundai. I'm sorry but ferrari and lamp pole in the same sentence says big dummy especially for hurting a passenger. I guess he tapped out.
     
  4. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    This is SHOCKING news, and VERY sad. That said, I don't see why they would charge the driver of the other vehicle with manslaughter, and have the bail so high. Most likely, THEY were racin', and it takes two to tango.

    Bill in SC
     
  5. ozzy

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    Ya 2 dummies racing! 1 died so only charges against 1. It's called breaking the law, kind of like over the limit or poaching...LMAO :smile2:
     
  6. Flatheadhunter33

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    Thats really sad. Those guys really came a long way and pioneered a market in MMA that few had much luck in. Prayers got out to his friends and family.
     
  7. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    Just remember when someone like this mames or kills a family member of yours, they wont be a celebrity then, will they?
     
  8. Flatheadhunter33

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    Yep. Nick Hogan learned the same thing...I think that he got off really light and his passenger (a Marine by the way) is still suffering.
     
  9. ozzy

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    I hope he gets lifetime medical compensation. He deserves that.
     
  10. daystarchis

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    Wow, terrible news. So senceless:sad2: