Who was Dixie Lewis?
Dixie Lewis was the young daughter of American author Michael Lewis who died in a car accident on Tuesday, May 25. She 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’.
Dixie Lewis, the 19-year-old daughter of “Moneyball” writer Michael Lewis and former MTV correspondent Tabitha Soren, died in a car crash Tuesday. https://t.co/sva0xo8Asb
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 29, 2021
How old was Dixie Lewis?
Dixie Lewis was 19 years old at the time of death.
Dixie Lewis Softball Player
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.
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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 the 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.”
RIP to Ross Schultz and Dixie Lewis and deepest condolences to their families and friends. Dixie was the daughter of Michael Lewis and Tabitha Soren. https://t.co/eiz9isYr2P
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 30, 2021
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Dixie was in a northbound Ford Fusion sedan with her 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’.
According to Schultz’s aunt, Locke Schultz Jaeger, Schultz and Lewis were in Tahoe taking a brief vacation.
They had been a couple since attending Berkeley High School together. Schultz graduated in 2019 and Lewis in 2020.
He was on the varsity soccer team that twice won the Division I CIF-North Coast Section championship. Lewis was a star high school softball player. She’d just finished her freshman year at Pomona College in Claremont where she was listed at third base on the roster of the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens.
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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 a 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.
Dixie Lewis Accident
The community in Berkeley, California, is mourning the deaths of Dixie Lewis, the daughter of Moneyball author Michael Lewis and former MTV News correspondent Tabitha Soren, and her boyfriend Ross Schultz.
Dixie and Schultz, 20, died in a head-on car collision near Truckee on Tuesday, according to her family.
After the news of their deaths was made public, Dixie’s softball team at Pomona College paid tribute to her on Twitter.
“We will honor Dixie’s memory every day, playing every game with her in our hearts,” the team wrote.
“She was an incredible human being – caring, vibrant and passionate. All of our thoughts & love are with the Lewis family during this tragic time.”
Dixie Lewis Obituary
“I never had to question whether Dixie was giving it her all. She was a workhorse. She pushed herself, she pushed her teammates to be the best that they could be,” Dixie’s former softball coach, Erika Racklin, told the outlet.
“She was like a role model to me even though we’re the same age,” said friend Indigo Carlson.
“She just did everything she could to make me feel so happy. She put her own troubles and dilemmas aside and was just completely there for me.”
Meanwhile, Schultz’s former soccer coach J.T. Thomas described him as “a fierce competitor” with a constant “sparkle in his eye.”
“As mischievous and silly and always laughing and goofing around as he was, he had this whole other side to him simultaneously. He would just work and work and work to get what he wanted,” Thomas said. “He always had a sparkle in his eye, but he was a fierce competitor.”
“In every way, Ross brought joy, laughter, and a sense of community wherever he went,” Sharon Arthur, Schultz’s sixth-grade teacher, wrote in an email to the outlet. “He never shied away from a challenge, and brought his friends along with him.”
Dixie Lewis Cause of Death
The fatal car collision occurred at around 3:20 p.m. local time on Tuesday when a 2014 Ford Fusion carrying Dixie and Schultz crossed the center line on Highway 89, according to an incident report from the California Highway Police obtained by PEOPLE.
A 2015 Freightliner truck traveling the opposite direction collided with the sedan head-on. Dixie and Schultz were pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the truck, a 45-year-old man from Nevada, suffered minor injuries.
Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the collision.