Dixie Lewis, the 19-year-old daughter of writer Michael Lewis and former MTV correspondent Tabitha Soren, was killed in a highway crash in northern California.
Lewis was a passenger in a car driven by her friend and former Berkeley High School classmate Ross Schultz, 20, who also died in an accident Tuesday afternoon, according to his family and authorities.
“We loved her so much and are in a kind of pain neither of us felt,” Michael Lewis said in a statement to Berkeleyside, a community news site that first reported the deaths. .
“She loved Ross, who she passed away with. She loved living and our hearts are so broken they can’t find the words to describe this feeling.
The family, including siblings Walker and Quinn, “will find ways to keep her memory alive in her absence,” said Michael Lewis.
A statement from Schultz’s family said they would keep his memory “dear and present and find ways to remember him and Dixie, forever.”
Schultz and Lewis were heading north on State Route 89 from Lake Tahoe towards the town of Truckee when their sedan entered oncoming traffic and collided with a southbound truck, said at Berkeleyside Jacob Williams, Highway Patrol Officer in California.
It was not clear why the car crossed a double yellow line and witnesses were being sought, Williams said. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries, according to the website which identified him as a 45-year-old Nevada man.
Appeals to CHP for further information on the accident were not immediately referred.
Dixie Lewis graduated from high school last year and had completed her freshman year at Pomona College, where she played on the softball team, according to Berkeleyside.
Schultz, who was on the high school championship football team, had completed his sophomore year at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Several Michael Lewis non-fiction books have been adapted for film, including Moneyball with Brad Pitt and The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock. His recently published book is The Premonition: A Pandemic Story.
Lewis and Soren, political reporter for MTV and photographer, married in 1997.