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The teen daughter of “Moneyball” and “The Big Short” author Michael Lewis and her boyfriend died in a head-on collision with a semi-truck near Lake Tahoe, reports said Friday.
Dixie Lewis, 19, was riding with her boyfriend Ross Schultz, 20, on Tuesday around 3:20 p.m. on state Highway 89 in Truckee, Calif., when the accident occurred, CBS reported.
Schultz, who was driving north in a 2014 Ford Fusion, crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the Freightliner head-on, killing them both, the outlet reported.
“We loved her so much and are in a kind of pain none of us has experienced,” Michael Lewis, who is also a financial journalist, said in a statement.
“She loved Ross, with whom she died,” the statement continued.
“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 driver of the truck only suffered minor injuries and California Highway Patrol officials aren’t sure why the Ford veered into the opposite lane but they don’t suspect drugs or alcohol to have been involved.
Michael Lewis has long been a contributor to Vanity Fair and is the author of “Moneyball” and “The Big Short” — while his wife, Tabitha Soren and Dixie Lewis’ mom, is a photographer who formerly worked as an MTV reporter.
Dixie Lewis just wrapped up her freshman year at Pomona College where she played softball and had plans to study neuroscience while Schultz was studying kinesiology at Cal Poly Pomona, Berkeleyside reported.
Schultz’s aunt Lock Schultz Jaeger told the San Francisco Chronicle the couple were vacationing in Lake Tahoe when the crash occurred.
“Ross loved his friends and he loved his family and, boy, did he love Dixie, who died with him,” she told the outlet.
“They were funny, they were charming, and they were both very smart. They were kind and they had friendships and relationships that were the deepest and most incredible bond.”
Soren told the outlet that her daughter was a “fighter” who “had a fire in her that people could see when she walked in the room.”
“She used her intensity to bring up everyone around her and she tried so hard at everything she did,” the heartbroken mom said.
“When she showed up, she was going to show up 150%.”
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