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When you hear of two exotic high performance vehicles crashing in the late night/early morning hours, it’s only natural to wonder if there was alcohol and/or street racing involved.

In the case of Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis, all we’ve known for sure up to this point is the man driving the white Porsche that struck Mask’s Ferrari was under the influence, however it was still unclear if the two cars had engaged in some form of street racing or if Mask was under the influence himself that tragic night.

While the local authorities have yet to release an official statement on their findings from the investigation, Sherdog’s Loretta Hunt seems to have found the answers.

As is the case with those we cherish most, Lewis was gone too suddenly. He was on his way home from the gym with his girlfriend Lacey at 1 a.m., the only time he could fit working out into a hectic schedule. Lewis took pride in his deceiving physique, and many questioned he was really 45 years old, even after officials confirmed it.

That night, Lewis and Lacey had decided to drive by a condominium apartment they had been looking into purchasing over the next few days. It is believed Lewis’ fire-engine red Ferrari occupied the middle lane when Jeffery Kirby and his companion came up along the left side in a white 1977 Porsche. At the scene, black skid marks snake up onto the median’s curb right as the road bends slightly, then drag for 500 or more feet across the three lanes. They indicate Kirby’s car bounced off the road’s island divider before t-boning into Lewis’ vehicle’s backend, sending the Ferrari into a 180-degree spin. The car traveled backwards before the driver’s side wailed directly into a cement light pole, slicing it into two parts.

It was the first time in a few months that Lewis had had the opportunity to enjoy the luxury ride he’d purchased over a year ago. The car had slept at a friend’s showroom until Lewis had been asked to bring it to a photo shoot that day for Dub magazine. High speeds didn’t seem unfathomable under the circumstances, though friends said they couldn’t see Lewis engaging in a dangerous street race for superiority. Lewis didn’t know Kirby, nor was Lewis believed to be drinking at the time. Lewis never touched alcohol, as many will attest, including his best friend and business partner Dan “Punk Ass” Caldwell.

To think that Jeff Kirby was 100% responsible for the fatal crash, in a way, makes the whole situation that much harder to swallow. Why the wrong person always seems to die in drunk driving incidents like these is something I’m not sure I’ll ever understand.