Another death of an American while visiting the Dominican Republic has the nation on high alert! Vittorio Caruso, 56, from Long Island, New York was visiting the country when he died June 17. Lisa Maria Caruso, his sister-in-law, says that they got a telephone call, confirming that he was sick. Minutes later, they told that Caruso had passed away. He was the owner of a pizza shop in Glen Cove, New York.
There are reports from the State Department confirming not only the death of Caruso but of another U.S. citizen as well.
Death Of American While Visiting Dominican Republic Causing Fear
However, relatives of Caruso are saying that the authorities in the Dominican Republic were not giving them definite answers. Those picking him up in ambulance were able to tell the family some information. They were saying that their relative was under respiratory distress after drinking something. After giving the man medication to no avail, he passed away. Relatives of Caruso say that they don’t know what to believe as they are conflicting stories from different sources.
In addition, the family has been consistently in contact with authorities in the Dominican Republic. However, authorities are reporting that his death came about after him having a heart attack.
Levonne Pittman, a neighbor of Caruso, says that he was a very loving man. She says that every morning, he would ask how she and her family were doing. She says that her family were frequent customers at his pizza shop.
So far, Caruso is the either American to die this year while visiting the Dominican Republic. Consequently, people are questioning traveling to the country for vacation. However, an official spokesman from the Dominican Republic on Friday spoke about the issues at hand.
Francisco Javier Garcia, the minister of tourism in the Dominican Republic, says that the country is a safe place for tourists. He says that there is nothing for people to worry about and that there is no relation in the deaths.