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Hornell native, recently in Iraq, dies in Hawaii crash

Jen Carpenter

A Hornell man stationed in Hawaii has died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

According to Tuesday's Honolulu Advertiser, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office has confirmed Andrew Michael Caruso, 27, of Mililani was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday.

Caruso, originally of Hornell, was stationed at the U.S. Army's Schofield barracks in Oahu, Hawaii. He graduated from Hornell High School in 1998.

Leonard Caruso, Andy Caruso's second cousin, said he had an infectious personality and that he had served at least two tours of duty in Iraq.

“Andy was a person who loved life,” he said. “He always brought a smile to peoples' faces.”

Leonard Caruso said Andy Caruso always treated people fairly, was hard-working and very family-oriented.

“It's a tragedy,” he added.

Laura Prete, a teacher's aide at Hornell High School, remembered Caruso for his great personality.

“I don't even know where to begin,” she said.

Prete said Caruso's yearbook quote, “Something that is lost is never forgotten. Something that is never forgotten is only cherished,” sums up his personality well.

“The community grieves with them (the family),” she added. “The kid was outstanding. He had a smile that lit up a room. He was very polite. He's never going to be forgotten.”

According to Tuesday's Honolulu Star Bulletin, the accident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when Caruso's blue 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve. The crash threw Caruso from the motorcycle, and he was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital. According to the article, police stated a helmet was worn, but other factors leading to the crash had not been determined.