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Newton Police Department officer killed in ATV accident

Chad Frey
The Kansan
Levi Minkevitch, a member of the Newton Police Department, died Feb. 17 after an ATV accident in rural Harvey County.

Levi Minkevitch, a member of the Newton Police Department, died Wednesday after an ATV accident in rural Harvey County. 

Minkevitch, 30, who was off duty at the time of the accident, had been a member of the Newton Police Department since 2013. 

"Levi was a tremendous police officer and a friend to everyone he met," the department said in a statement on social media. "He had a large presence and a smile that lit up a room. The loss is truly devastating."

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, at about 4 p.m. Minkevitch was riding an ATV in a ditch about 1/2 mile east of Harvest Hill Road on Dutch Avenue when he attempted to use the ATV to jump the ditch into a farm field. Minkevity lost control of the ATV, which rolled into a creek. 

Minkevitch was pronounced dead and taken to Newton Med.