OH teenager suffocates in van after twice calling 911

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2018

Kyle made his first call to 911 operators shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday from a parking lot at Seven Hills.

A 16-year-old OH teen died of asphyxiation on Tuesday after becoming pinned by a folding seat in a minivan while trying to grab his tennis equipment from the back of the vehicle, PEOPLE confirms.

Police said that a Hamilton County Sheriff' deputy who was working traffic detail at the school called the emergency communications center at 3:44 p.m. and stated that he had checked a van in the school's parking lot, but did not see anything amiss.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters is launching an investigation into what happened, WCPO reported. "We weren't able to get that information to the officers on the scene and we need to find out why". "Police officers, firefighters and even emergency personnel, you do this because they want to help".

Cincinnati police investigate the scene where a boy was found dead.

Plush was reportedly attempting to retrieve tennis equipment from the back seat of his minivan when a row of seats flipped up and over, pinning him upside down beneath them.

A Honda spokesperson said the vehicle - a 2004 Odyssey - was never the subject of a seat-related recall and that "our hearts go out to the victim's family during this hard time".

The van was finally located in a parking lot adjacent to the school by Plush's father at about 9 p.m. "A male screaming calling 911". She sent officers to the school parking lot, where Plush was suffocating.

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"Can you hear me?" the teen asked.

The autopsy revealed he died of asphyxia due to his chest being compressed.

A 911 dispatcher who may have failed to provide crucial information to officers responding to the frantic calls of a trapped OH teen has been placed on administrative leave.

City Councilwoman Amy Murray, whose child also attends Seven Hills, also promised a full investigation into the incident on Thursday on WLW. "This young man was crying out for help", Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said at a news conference Thursday. They were there for 11 minutes, patrolling the area to look for anyone in distress.

Authorities said that a classmate called Kyle's parents late Tuesday, saying that he did not show up for a scheduled tennis match.

The operator who took the second 911 call is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Chief Isaac said. The calls show officers looking in a van, but not seeing anyone. First responders were not able to revive the teen, Isaac said. Although there was a recall a year ago on seats in some Odysseys, the spokesman said there were no such recalls for the model Kyle was in. "Honda does not have any specific information from which to definitively determine what occurred in this incident".

"I'm not certain at this point if we're talking about an equipment malfunction or some type of other user error possibly", Chief Isaac said.

Kyle Plush, a student of the Seven Hills School, begged for help while the dispatcher struggled to locate him.

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