An Ohio teenager was found crushed to death Tuesday inside a minivan at his school after both of his 911 calls for help were ignored.
“I probably don’t have much time left. Tell my mom I love her, if I die,” Kyle Plush, 16, told police dispatchers.
He was trapped inside a 2004 Honda Odyssey, pinned under the third-row folding seat, where h suffocated to death, reported CNN.
Officers finally responded tot he school, but it took them hours, and the boy was already dead.
Cincinnati officials are investigating the incident. They want to know why the calls were handled the way they were and how he became trapped in the seat.
Kyle is a sophomore at Seven Hills school in Cincinnati.
He was leaving school on his way to a tennis match.
He was inside his Honda Odyssey van, which has three rows of seats. As with many minivans, the third row folds down so it can be stored in the trunk.
Authorities believe Kyle was trying to retrieve tennis equipment from the back of the van when the rear bench seat pinned him.
Officials are not entirely sure how exactly it happened.
Just after 3 p.m., Kyle made his first 911 call using voice commands because he did not have his phone in his hand.
“Help, help, help. I’m stuck in my van outside the Seven Hills parking lot. Help. I need help,” he said.
Kyle was unable to hear the dispatcher because he was not holding his phone, and it is unclear if the dispatcher heard him, but he was recorded speaking.
- Dispatcher: Where are you?
- Kyle: I can’t hear you, I’m in desperate need of help.
- Dispatcher: What is the address?
- Kyle: Help, help, help. I can’t hear you.
- Dispatcher: Where are you?
- Kyle: If you don’t send help I’m gonna die soon.
The first call ended and the dispatcher relayed the information to law enforcement.
A Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy who was working traffic detail for the school helped search the area.
The deputy searched in at least two parking lots near the school, which has 7 lots. He told dispatchers that he looked into a van and did not see anyone.
The operator called Kyle back, but it went to voicemail.
Officers searched for 11 minutes, then gave up, but just two minutes before officers ended their search, Kyle had called 911 again, this time giving a vehicle description, but officers apparently did not get the information.
“On the second 911 call, something has gone terribly wrong. This young man was crying out for help. We weren’t able to get that information to the officers on the scene and we need to find out why,” Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said.
“This is not a joke. This is not a joke. I’m trapped inside a gold Honda Odyssey van,” Kyle said.
“I probably don’t have much time left. Tell my Mom I love her, if I die,” Kyle told the 911 operator.
That night, Kyle was reported missing after he didn’t come home from school or show up to his tennis match. Kyle’s father then used a phone locator app, which brought him to the school parking lot, and his dead son.
A preliminary autopsy ruled that Kyle died of “asphyxia due to chest compression.”
When asked about the incident by CNN, a Honda spokesperson said, “while we’ve heard about this tragic incident through media coverage, we have not yet received any formal report or claim related to this incident or any official details.
The operator who took the second 911 call is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Chief Isaac said.
Mayor John Cranley said, “the events leading up to Kyle’s death are devastating and also raise concerning questions about our City’s emergency 911 system and police response.”