LOS ANGELES (AP) – The 19-year-old daughter of Moneyball writer Michael Lewis and former MTV correspondent Tabitha Soren died in a highway accident in Northern California.
Dixie Lewis was a passenger in a car driven by her friend and former classmate at Berkeley High School, Ross Schultz, 20.
“We loved her so much and we have pain none of us have experienced,” Michael Lewis said in a statement to Berkeleyside, a community news site that first covered the deaths. “She loved Ross, with whom she died. She loved to live and our hearts are so broken that they cannot find words to describe the feeling. “
Her family, including siblings Walker and Quinn, will “find ways that their memories can live in their absence,” said Michael Lewis. A statement from Schultz’s family said that they would “keep his memory dear and present and find ways to remember him and Dixie forever.”
Schultz and Lewis were driving north from Lake Tahoe towards Truckee on State Route 89 when their sedan turned into oncoming traffic and collided with a truck heading south, Jacob Williams, California Highway patrol officer, told Berkeleyside.
Why the car drove over a double yellow line is unclear and witnesses to the accident are being sought, Williams said. The truck driver suffered minor injuries, according to the website where he was identified as a 45-year-old Nevada man.
Calls to the CHP to get more information about the accident were not returned immediately on Saturday.
Dixie Lewis graduated from high school last year and completed her freshman year at Pomona College, where she played on the softball team, according to Berkeleyside. Schultz, part of the high school championship soccer team, had completed his sophomore year at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.
Several of Michael Lewis’ non-fiction books have been adapted for films, including “Moneyball” with Brad Pitt and “The Blind Side” with Sandra Bullock. His newly published book is “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story”.
Lewis and Soren, an MTV political reporter and photographer, married in 1997.
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