Ohio Teen Dies In Freak Accident In Minivan Despite Calling 911 Twice

16-year-old Kyle Plush died after being trapped in his car in a school parking lot for at least five hours on Tuesday.


Plush made two calls to 911 while still trapped—one at 3:14 PM, and another at 3:35 PM, and explained exactly where he was.

The dispatcher who received his second 911 call did not convey the information to officers on the scene where he later died, police said.

Police in Cincinnati are holding a press conference on the death of Kyle Plush now.

Posted by Enquirer – Cincinnati and Kentucky on Thursday, April 12, 2018


Plush was in the parking lot at his high school, Seven Hills School in Cincinnati when he leaned over the third row of seats of his car and into the trunk to grab tennis gear, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Plush died of asphyxia due to chest compression after the row of seats of his 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan flipped and pinned him.

The notes from the call operator show that Plush said: “Help, I’m stuck in a van outside 7 Hills Parking Lot.”

“I’m trapped in my van, help… I can’t hear you. I’m gonna die hear[sic],” he said, according to notes released by police.

The call lasted two minutes and 56 seconds.

At 3:26 PM, police patrolled the parking lots at Seven Hills High School for 11 minutes, but didn’t find anything.

At 3:35 PM, while police were still patrolling the parking lot, Plush called 911 again. This time a different call operator answered.

Plush desperately explained where he was, the color and make of his van, and said that he feared he was about to die.

“Lot 7 Hills School …I can’t hear what you’re saying; just send quickly, I’m trapped in Odyssey van…I probably don’t have much time left. Tell my mom I love her if I die,” he said.

This is not a joke. This is not a joke, I’m trapped in my gold Honda Odyssey van in the southland parking lot of 7 Hills. Send officers immediately I’m almost dead,” said Plush.

“7 Hills…[Louder] can you hear me? Hey Siri, Siri…Siri…Hey Siri…[inaudible]..Hey Siri,” Plush continued.

The second call lasted two minutes and 42 seconds.

Notes released by police show that important parts of the call, including the location and identifying information, were not clearly heard as the call operator used the TTY function, a text telephone service for the deaf and hard of hearing.

“Call taker treats call as a silent call and uses the TTY function of the phone. TTY tone overrides information from the caller,” read the police notes.

Smith has been placed on administrative leave. She has been a dispatcher since 2014.

Plush’s father Ron found his son unresponsive in the van, after a classmate called the family around 8 PM to say he’d missed his tennis match.


Medics and police responded at 8:59 PM but were unable to revive him.

In a statement released to local news media on Friday night, Plush’s parents Ron and Jill praised their “remarkable” son and said they continue to have questions about his death: