June 24, 2019– Mary Greeley News – A 56-year-old man from Long Island, New York, has died in the Dominican Republic, according to multiple reports.
Vittorio Caruso’s family told News 12 Long Island about their relative’s death on June 17. His sister-in-law Lisa Maria Caruso, said that his family got a phone call telling them he was sick, only to find out minutes later that he died. Vitttorio owned a pizza shop in Glen Cove, New York.
The State Department told Fox News that Caruso had died, and a spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY that another U.S. citizen died in June.
Dominican authorities were not giving the family clear answers, according to Caruso’s relatives. “We found out he was brought by ambulance to the hospital in respiratory distress after drinking something,” Lisa Maria Caruso told Fox News. “We were told he wasn’t responding to any meds he was given and died. I honestly don’t know exactly what happened, as we have been told conflicting stories from different people there.”
The family was in contact with Dominican Republic authorities and found out that he might have had a heart attack, News 12 Long Island reports.
His neighbor, Levonne Pittman, told the outlet: “He was a sweetheart. Very loving man, always said hi every morning, ‘how’s everyone doing?’ We always went down to the restaurant. He was appeasing to me and my family. Nice man.”
Caruso is the eighth confirmed American to have died this year in the Dominican Republic, and questions have been raised about whether travel is safe to the Caribbean vacation destination. But a Dominican Republic official spoke out at a press conference Friday to dispel concerns.
“The Dominican Republic is a safe country,” Francisco Javier Garcia, the minister of tourism in the Dominican Republic, told reporters.
“There is no such thing as mysterious deaths in the Dominican Republic,” Garcia said. “There is not an avalanche of deaths.”
credit: In part with https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2019/06/24/dominican-republic-deaths-long-island-new-york-man-dead-reports-say/1545271001/