Who was Dixie Lewis? Author Michael Lewis' daughter, 19, and boyfriend killed in car crash
Author Michael Lewis lost his 19-year-old daughter to a car accident on Tuesday, May 25. Dixie Lewis was in the car with her boyfriend Ross Schultz when their vehicle had a head-on collision. The accident took place near Truckee, California, and the duo was pronounced dead on the scene.
A heartbroken Michael and his wife Tabitha Soren issued a joint statement about their daughter's death. "We loved her so much and are in a kind of pain none of us has experienced. She loved Ross, with whom she died. She loved to live and our hearts are so broken they can't find the words to describe the feeling. Her mother, Tabitha, and I, and her brother Walker and sister Quinn are going to find ways for her memory to live in her absence," the couple said. Michael Lewis is the writer of bestselling books like 'Moneyball', 'The Big Short' and 'The Blind Side'.
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Who was Dixie Lewis?
Dixie was a student of Pomona College, where she had planned to study neuroscience. She was also a softball player for the college. But she never got the chance to study on campus due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Ross Schultz was pursuing a course in kinesiology at Cal Poly Pomona.
Her mother Tabitha said, "There is nothing Dixie wanted more in the world than to be on Pomona's campus and play with her pals on the softball team for Coach Ferguson. It was her dream and the culmination of so much training that she kept up with all through lockdown. Her virtual Pomona classmates helped her navigate the two COVID semesters and we will be forever grateful to them for forging bonds with our daughter through mere screens."
Dixie was in a northbound Ford Fusion sedan with her 20-year-old boyfriend Schultz around 3.30 pm on May 25. They had gone on a brief vacation to Lake Tahoe, as per Schultz's aunt Lock Schultz Jaeger. Ross was driving the car on Route 89 near Truckee when suddenly their car crossed into the left lane and collided with a Freightliner.
According to California Highway Patrol, the duo was not suspected to be under alcohol or drug use. The officials are still probing the reason why the couple's sedan veered into the oncoming lane. Meanwhile, the driver of the Freightliner truck suffered minor injuries. Highway Patrol has not released any photos of the accident scene citing 'the sensitive and horrific nature of the accident'.
Her mother also added that Dixie was a 'fighter' who would give her 150% wherever she showed up. "As an athlete, Dixie quickly drew our attention due to her talents on the field – but once she joined our team, it was her warm spirit, positive energy and big smile that won our hearts. Dixie made a lasting positive impact on our team this year, and she will forever be part of the Sagehen softball family," Dixie Lewis's softball coach Joanne Ferguson stated.
Meanwhile, Ross Schultz's aunt said, "Ross loved his friends and he loved his family and, boy, did he love Dixie, who died with him." Calling the young couple 'funny', 'charming' and 'smart', she added that they shared the most incredible bond.