Author Michael Lewis's teen daughter is killed in a head-on car crash

Moneyball author Michael Lewis’ 19 year-old daughter and her boyfriend killed in tragic head-on car crash with a big rig near Lake Tahoe

  • Highway Patrol said Dixie Lewis, 19 and her boyfriend Ross Schultz, 20, were killed on impact at around 3.30pm in California on Tuesday
  • The couple’s Ford sedan was northbound on Route 89 when it veered into the left lane and crashed into a Freightliner semitruck
  • Authorities do not suspect alcohol or drugs were involved
  • Financial journalist Michael Lewis said his family was heartbroken by the loss
  • The bestselling author wrote The Big Short, The Fifth Risk and most recently, The Premonition: A Pandemic Story 

The 19-year-old daughter of bestselling author Michael Lewis and her boyfriend were killed in a head-on collision Tuesday. 

Dixie Lewis and driver Ross Schultz, 20, were northbound in a Ford Fusion sedan on Route 89 near Truckee, California when around 3.30pm their vehicle veered into the left lane and struck a Freightliner semi head on. The two were pronounced dead on the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Highway Patrol is investigating why the couple’s sedan crossed into the oncoming lane, but so far authorities do not suspect alcohol or drug use. The 45-year-old driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. He has not been identified.  

Dixie Lewis daughter of bestselling author of Michal Lewis and her boyfriend Ross Schultz were killed in a head-on collision with a semi truck Tuesday near Truckee. California Highway Patrol are investigating why their car veered into the oncoming lane

The Moneyball author (left) along with his wife Tabitha Soren (center) expressed their family’s heartbreak in statements after the loss of their daughter 

A patrol spokesman said his agency was so far declining to release photos of the crash scene, citing ‘the sensitive and horrific nature of the accident.’ 

Truckee Highway Patrol is currently looking for witnesses to the crash.  

Financial journalist Michael Lewis is the bestselling author of Moneyball, The Big Short, The Fifth Risk and most recently, The Premonition: A Pandemic Story. He expressed his heartbreak in a joint statement along with his wife, Tabitha Soren, to Berkleyside.

‘We loved her so much and are in a kind of pain none of us has experienced,’ Lewis said. ‘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.’  

Lewis attended Pomona College, where she played softball and planned to study neuroscience. Shultz studied kinesiology at Cal Poly Pomona.

Pomona College released an additional statement, the outlet also reported, noting that as a freshman, Lewis never had the opportunity to study on campus due to the pandemic.  

‘Dixie was a fighter,’ Soren, a photographer, said of her daughter

‘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,’ Soren said. ‘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.’

The statement also included a comment from Pomona softball coach Joanne Ferguson. 

Lewis is also the author of The Big Short, The Fifth Risk and most recently, The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

‘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.’ 

Shultz’s aunt, Lock Schultz Jaeger, said the couple was on a brief vacation to Lake Tahoe when the crash occurred, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.   

‘Ross loved his friends and he loved his family and, boy, did he love Dixie, who died with him,’ she said. 

‘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 Chronicle that her daughter was a ‘fighter’. 

‘She had a fire in her that people could feel 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. When she showed up, she was going to show up 150%.’ 

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