By Andrew Wroblewski
Justin Louis Giani, a 2007 graduate of Huntington High School, died tragically March 28. He was 25.
Giani was hit by a car on U.S. Highway 501 in South Carolina at approximately 1:20 a.m. on Saturday, said Lance Corporal Judd Jones, of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Community Relations office.
Collin Klevins, 18, was driving a 2008 Jeep south with one female passenger when his car struck Giani, who was walking west across the highway, Jones said. Giani was taken to the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. He died later that morning.
Giani’s father, Joseph Giani, was also a graduate of Huntington High School and worked as a member of the Huntington School District’s faculty and administration. In 2001, Joseph Giani was appointed assistant superintendent for personnel and general administration for the district. He left in 2013 to assume the role of superintendent for the South Country Central School District in East Patchogue.
As of Wednesday, officials from both districts said no statements had been released regarding Justin Giani’s death.
Giani, formerly of Centerport, attended Drexel University after graduating from Huntington and wrestled for the Drexel Dragons. According to a biography for Giani on Drexel’s official athletic website, Giani was a two-year captain for Huntington’s varsity wrestling squad and posted 101 wins in his four scholastic seasons. He was also a part of the Huntington team that won a state championship during his freshman year and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Along with his father, Giani is survived by his mother, Linda; his brothers, Joseph and Jake; his grandparents, Rose and Lou Giani, and Alice DelBosco and Francis (Judith) DelBosco; his great-grandmother, Connie Fusaro; and many family members and friends that love and will miss him.
Arrangements were made by M. A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington Station on Tuesday. A funeral Mass followed on Wednesday at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Centerport. A private cremation followed.
Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to a scholarship fund that is being set up in his name at: Louis Giani Memorial Scholarship Fund, 55 Broadway #285, Greenlawn, N.Y. 11740.