Manahawkin Woman Now a Double Amputee; Family in Dire Need of Financial Assistance

Feb 13, 2019
Source: Supplied Maryann Murray Levine (right) with her daughter, Sarah.

Stafford resident Maryann Murray Levine lost both her legs after a car accident on the Garden State Parkway on Wednesday, Jan. 30, with her husband, Gregory Scott Levine. A GoFundMe has been set up by her best friend, Laurie Trovato of Manahawkin, to help cover the costs associated with their recovery from extensive injuries.

In addition to the bilateral amputation, Levine sustained a collapsed lung, broken ribs and spinal fractures. She has had four surgeries already and just started breathing on her own again Saturday. The impact exacerbated Gregory’s existing back injury and prior surgery and left him with additional shoulder and hip injuries, according to Trovato.

The accident occurred at 10 a.m. on the Parkway northbound at mile marker 84 when, reportedly, a driver in a black SUV cut them off in their Honda Accord and they hit the guardrail, based on what State Police told reporters and what Trovato wrote on the GoFundMe page. Gregory was driving. The accident is under investigation. The other driver has not come forward and may not realize what happened.

The GoFundMe story paints a picture of the Levines as a loving couple with two children, active in the community and struggling to make ends meet prior to the accident.

As of Tuesday, the GoFundMe had exceeded $77,000, but the need continues to grow as Levine faces additional surgeries and rehabilitation, physical therapy and other treatments as well as prosthetic legs, ADA-accessible home renovations and transportation. The helicopter ride alone was $43,000. The status of the family’s insurance coverage is uncertain.

The Levines are asking for no visitors during this difficult time.

To contribute to the GoFundMe, visit gofundme.com and look up “Maryann Murray Levine’s Recovery Expenses.”  —V.F.

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