Disabled Man Who Died in Van a Local Resident

080311_002Lauren Carol Smith Television reporters interview a local about Eason Alonzio, a disabled man who was left in a van and died after six hours yesterday.

The police have confirmed to The Local East Village that the developmentally disabled man who died in the back of a van after being left there for six hours on Tuesday was a resident of the neighborhood. News vans are currently clogging East Fifth Street.

The 48-year-old, Eason Alonzio, was part of a group of disabled people driven to a daytime activity at 2082 Lexington Avenue in East Harlem at around 9 a.m, according to The Times.

The group got out of the van operated by AHRC New York City, but somehow Mr. Alonzio was left behind.

The police said that at around 2 p.m. the resident of 224 East Fifth Street, was found dead in a backseat.

A cause of death has not yet been determined. On Tuesday the temperature reached a high of 91 degrees.

Update | 2:29 p.m. AHRC New York City has issued the following statement.

AHRC New York City has been offering services and supports to individuals with disabilities for over 62 years. During this time period AHRC has been noted as serving people with dignity, respect and the highest quality of care. It is with tremendous sorrow that we mourn the loss of this young man who has been part of the AHRC family. He will be missed by his friends at both his residence and his adult day supports and will be forever in our thoughts.

This is a tragic incident that is being thoroughly investigated internally at AHRC, by the police and by all regulatory agencies. All relevant parties were notified immediately and the investigative process has commenced. All legal requirements are being adhered to.

We are gathering the details of what transpired and have begun the process of thorough self-examination in this truly tragic incident in order to avoid incidents of this nature again. We cannot say anything more while this incident is being investigated.

AHRC New York City is deeply saddened by the death of an individual who spent many of his 47 years being served by AHRC New York City. We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family.