Antiguans are warning travellers about the most dangerous island nation in the Caribbean, after a man who died after being hit by a car while driving a rented SUV was found in a hotel room in Antiguan resort city of Guadeloupe.
The body of the man, who was under the age of 25, was discovered in a room in the Guadeloupes hotel, on the island’s eastern tip.
“The Antigual is very much aware of the risk to the public and this is a very important public health issue,” Antiguo Tourism Minister Eduardo Duarte told reporters in Guadeloula on Friday.
He added that the incident was under investigation.
A spokesman for the hotel said the man died after crashing his car into the wall of the hotel in the resort town of Guelph, which is located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Antiguela.
“We are investigating the cause of the accident and we are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to confirm the exact cause of death,” Guelmoupes Police spokesman Ricardo Martos said.
Guadeloupes Police said the incident took place on the night of Thursday, March 12.
The victim was a Guadelooan national, identified as 22-year-old Marcos Nuno from Antigues city, who is said to have been driving a white Mercedes-Benz SUV.
Police are not releasing the names of the victims or the driver.
“A young person was in a car in the hotel and it’s not clear how he ended up in the room with the deceased man,” Martos added.
Guelmoula is known for its hotels and resorts, with tourists arriving from the Caribbean islands of Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis and the British Virgin Islands.
Guilela, one of the island nations closest to the Caribbean’s main tourist hubs, has a population of about 1.5 million.
It has seen three separate deaths since January, when a 21-year old man died of a heart attack in a nearby hotel.