Ohio authorities probe 'horrific' trapped teen's death in minivan

Marsha Scott
April 14, 2018

The dying sophomore student used his phone's voice recognition technology to call 911 twice during the horrifying ordeal since he was unable to use his hands.

About 9 p.m., according to police, a family member discovered him dead inside the van - a death Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco would rule accidental "asphyxia caused by chest compression".

Almost six hours later, Kyle's father found him unresponsive in the vehicle, police said.

Authorities in Cincinnati are demanding a review of the 911 system, and the county prosecutor is launching an investigation into what went wrong.

Both technical problems and human error may be to blame in failing to locate Seven Hills student Kyle Plush.

At 3:21 p.m., police officers were dispatched to the parking lot and arrived on the scene five minutes later - more than 10 minutes after Plush's call - and patrolled the area. The Hamilton County Coroner's Office found no evidence of foul play, and Cincinnati Police say they are continuing to investigate.

City Councilwoman Amy Murray, whose child also attends Seven Hills, also promised a full investigation into the incident on Thursday on WLW.

"I'm in desperate need of help", he told her. "What I say is that we share in their heartbreak around this", Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said during an afternoon news conference. Nevertheless, the operator notified the deputy to look into the matter. "It was really a unusual call". The dispatcher tried to call Plush back but it went to voicemail.

"We are missing a kid and apparently he's been found in his vehicle in the parking lot", said one caller.

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It was then that Plush called 911 the second time.

He gave his location and the make, model and color of the van he was in. "This is not a joke".

A minivan was removed from the parking lot near the Seven Hills School campus where Kyle Plush was found dead. Distant banging could be heard in the background.

"I'm on a regular basis at work and dealing further time...all it does [is] make us hate our job and hate the people which could be off for months..."

"I probably don't have much time left, so tell my mom I love her if I die", Kyle Jacob Plush said when he called 911 about 3 p.m. Tuesday after becoming stuck inside his van outside Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, local television station WCPO reported. The call lasted under three minutes and disconnected. There is no response from the operator on the recording.

Police Chief Isaac also called Plush's death a "horrific tragedy".

The second 911 call the 16-year-old made was even more distressing.

According to Cincinnati.com, Plush was in the third row of his van reaching in the back for his tennis equipment when the bench seat flipped, crushing his chest. My goal in life is to one day write a Batman screenplay. We weren't able to get that information to the officers on the scene. He cried for help and repeatedly told the operator he could not hear what she was saying.

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