2nd soldier dies as result of same crash that killed Eden native

FORT DRUM (WIVB)- The second of four soldiers involved in the May 1 military Humvee crash on the New Jersey Turnpike has died.

Staff Sgt. Bryce E. Leek, 35, of Williamsport, Pa was the driver in a military Humvee that was traveling in a convoy on the New Jersey Turnpike when the vehicle was hit by another car. Leek was ejected from the Humvee and passed away weeks later.

Army Capt.John Levulis, an Eden native, also died from injuries sustained in the crash. Levulis was laid to rest in his hometown of Eden Saturday morning.

Col. David S. Doyle, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, released the below statement on Saturday,

On behalf of all the Soldiers and leaders of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, it is with great sorrow that we share that Staff Sgt. Bryce E. Leek passed away as a result of his injuries sustained during a vehicle accident on May 1.

While no words can ease the loss of Bryce, our team is thinking and praying for his Family members, his friends and colleagues.

Our Commando Family will continue to honor Bryce’s service and sacrifice. We are very fortunate to have known and soldiered with him. His legacy will remain in our organization in the form of the well-trained Soldiers that he led.

I ask everyone to please keep his wife, children, and Family in their thoughts and prayers.

Courage and Honor

COL David S. Doyle


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