Harvey County ATV crash claims life of Newton police sergeant, memorial account set up


HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Levi Minkevitch, a sergeant with the Newton Police Department, died in an ATV crash Wednesday afternoon in Harvey County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the call came in around 4:30 p.m. The ATV crash happened three miles east of Harvest Hill Road on Dutch Ave.

Minkevitch was driving his 2014 Can-Am ATV in the ditch approximately half miles east of Harvest Hill road on Dutch Ave. He attempted to jump the ditch into an adjacent field, but lost control, and rolled the ATV into the creek.

Minkevitch was transported to Newton Medical Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On Wednesday, the Newton Police Department shared the following message on their Facebook page:

“It is with heavy hearts that we confirm Sgt. Levi Minkevitch, a Newton Police officer since 2013, was tragically killed today in an off-duty ATV accident.

Levi was a tremendous police officer and a friend to everyone he met. He had a large presence and a smile that lit up a room. This loss is truly devastating.

We sincerely appreciate all the messages of support coming in. Please keep Levi and his family in your thoughts and prayers. He will be missed.”

The Newton Police Department announced on their Facebook page Thursday that a memorial account has been set up for the family of Sergeant Levi Minkevitch. The message stated:

“A memorial account has been set up at Intrust Bank for the family of Sergeant Levi Minkevitch. Donations to: Sergeant Levi Minkevitch Memorial FundIntrust Bank128 E BroadwayNewton, KS, 67114Donations may be mailed to the above address or deposited directly at any Intrust Bank. All funds will be used to support the family. Also, the family would welcome donations in Levi’s name to Safehope here in Newton.”

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