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Soldier from Eden critically injured in New Jersey crash dies

A young soldier from Eden who was severely injured in a collision last week on the New Jersey Turnpike near Trenton has died, his family announced Thursday

The Humvee in which John J. Levulis was riding was hit by a civilian car and forced off the road Friday. Levulis, 25, an Army first lieutenant, was one of four soldiers injured when his vehicle, the last in a convoy of 12 Humvees, was hit by a Nissan 350Z driven by Ramdel Magloire, 43, of Hackensack, N.J. Magloire faces a charge of reckless driving, New Jersey State Police said..

Lt. Levulis, a 2008 Eden High School graduate, had suffered head injuries and broken bones, according to police. He enrolled in ROTC and earned a degree in criminal justice at Niagara University, graduating summa cum laude in 2012. He was commissioned following graduation and stationed at Fort Drum.

Before he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, he married fellow Niagara graduate Julianne Viviano of Syracuse in a private ceremony. The couple was planning a full wedding with family and friends for July 18 and were going to attend a shower this weekend, according to a family friend.

His wife and parents, Gary and Barbara Levulis of Eden, were with him at the hospital this week. The lieutenant’s last visit home was for Easter, according to his uncle, Jim Ranney.

The three other soldiers in the Humvee – all from New York – also were taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. The driver, Staff Sgt. Bryce Leek, 35, of LaFargeville, was ejected when the vehicle hit a tree. He suffered serious spinal injuries, State Police said.

The two other injured passengers were Sgt. 1st Class Ainoy Rasvongsy, 34, of Watertown, and Pvt. Juan Ramirez, 21, of Livingston Manor. Rasvongsy was listed in good condition, and Ramirez was released from the hospital Saturday, according to the Watertown Daily Times. The soldiers were driving from their base at Fort Drum to Fort Dix, N.J. to conduct mounted gunnery training.

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