According to her relatives, Dixie Lewis and Ross Schultz were murdered in a head-on automobile collision near Truckee, California, on Tuesday.
Dixie Lewis, the daughter of Michael Lewis, the author of Moneyball, and Tabitha Soren, a former MTV News correspondent, has died. She was 19 years old at the time.
According to her relatives, the Pomona College freshman was murdered together with Ross Schultz, 20, in a head-on automobile collision near Truckee, California, on Tuesday.
“We loved her so deeply and are going through something none of us have ever gone through,” Lewis said in a statement to Berkeleyside. “She was in love with Ross, and she died with him. Our hearts are devastated because she loved to life, and we can’t find the words to express how we feel. Tabitha and I, as well as her brother Walker and sister Quinn, will find methods to keep her memory alive in her absence.”
Soren described Dixie as “a fighter – not just for herself, but for everyone” in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle.
In an email to the paper, Soren stated, “She had a fire in her that everyone could sense when she stepped in the room.” “She used her zeal to bring everyone around her up to speed, and she gave it her all in whatever she did. She was going to be 150 p.m. when she arrived “”Recent.”
According to a California Highway Police incident report obtained by PEOPLE, the tragic auto collision occurred about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday when a 2014 Ford Fusion carrying Dixie and Schultz crossed the middle line on Highway 89.
A head-on collision occurred when a 2015 Freightliner truck moving in the opposite direction collided with the automobile.
Dixie and Schultz were pronounced dead at the site, but the truck driver, a 45-year-old Nevada man, was only slightly hurt.
The crash was not caused by drinking or drugs, according to authorities.
The duo — who met while attending Berkley High School together — were in the Lake Tahoe area for vacation, according to Schultz’s aunt, Locke Schultz Jaeger.
“Ross adored his friends, his family, and, boy, did he love Dixie, who passed away with him,” she said. “They were both hilarious, engaging, and quite intelligent. They were kind, and they had the deepest and most beautiful connections and relationships.”