LOS ANGELES – In a Northern California highway incident, the 19-year-old daughter of ‘Moneyball’ Writer Michael Lewis’ and former MTV journalist Tabitha Soren perished.
According to her family and officials, Dixie Lewis was a passenger in a car driven by her friend and former Berkeley High School classmate Ross Schultz, 20, who also died in the Tuesday afternoon collision.
Michael Lewis stated in a statement to Berkeleyside, a community news site that initially reported the deaths, “We loved her so much and are in a type of grief none of us has experienced.” “She was in love with Ross, and she died with him. Our hearts are devastated because she loved to live, and we can’t find the words to express how we feel.”
Michael Lewis stated that her family, which includes siblings Walker and Quinn, will “find ways for her memories to live in her absence.” Schultz’s family stated in a statement that they will keep his memory “near and present” and “find ways to remember him, and Dixie, forever.”
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Jacob Williams, Schultz and Lewis were driving north on State Route 89 from Lake Tahoe toward the city of Truckee when their automobile crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a southbound truck.
Williams said it was unclear why the automobile swerved past a double-yellow line and that witnesses to the collision were being sought. According to the website, the truck driver, who was identified as a 45-year-old Nevada male, received minor injuries.
Saturday calls to the CHP for more information on the collision were not immediately responded to.
According to Berkeleyside, Dixie Lewis graduated from high school last year and had finished her first year at Pomona College, where she played softball. Schultz had completed his second year at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, after being a member of his high school’s championship soccer team.
Several of Michael Lewis’ nonfiction works have been made into films, including Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball” and Sandra Bullock’s “The Blind Side.” “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story,” his latest book, is out now.