LOS ANGELES (AP) – The 19-year-old daughter of “Moneyball” writer Michael Lewis and former MTV correspondent Tabitha Soren has died in a highway crash in northern California.
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 crash Tuesday afternoon, according to his family and authorities.
“We loved him so much and we feel a kind of pain that neither of us have known,” Michael Lewis said in a statement to Berkeleyside, a community news site that first reported the deaths. “She loved Ross, who she died with. She loved living and our hearts are so broken they can’t find the words to describe this feeling.
His family, including his siblings Walker and Quinn, “will find ways to keep his memory alive in his absence,” said Michael Lewis. A statement from Schultz’s family said they would keep his memory “dear and present and find ways to remember him and Dixie, forever.”
Schultz and Lewis were heading north on State Route 89 from Lake Tahoe to the town of Truckee when their sedan entered oncoming traffic and collided with a southbound truck, Berkeleyside told Berkeleyside Jacob Williams, California Highway Patrol Officer.
It was not clear why the car crossed a double yellow line and witnesses to the crash were wanted, Williams said. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries, according to the website which identified him as a 45-year-old Nevada man.
Calls to CHP for further information on the crash were not immediately returned on Saturday.
Dixie Lewis graduated from high school last year and had completed her freshman year at Pomona College, where she played on the softball team, according to Berkeleyside. Schultz, who was on the high school championship football team, had completed his sophomore year at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.
Several Michael Lewis non-fiction books have been adapted for films, including “Moneyball” with Brad Pitt and “The Blind Side” with Sandra Bullock. His recently published book is “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story”.
Lewis and Soren, political reporter for MTV and photographer, married in 1997.
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