Pupil 'crushed to death by seat' in van outside OH school

Sergio Conner
April 13, 2018

The 16-year-old sophomore did not tell authorities what had happened to him when he apparently used an automated assistant on his smartphone to make the call Tuesday outside Seven Hills School in Cincinnati.

OH authorities are investigating how a student was crushed to death in the back of a minivan at a school parking lot despite calling 911 two times with his exact location. According to WCPO, the deputy questioned whether it was a prank.

A night shift worker at school also made a call to 911, saying he was with Plush's father in the parking lot.

Kyle: If you don't send help I'm gonna die soon.

Plush was ultimately found by a family member at approximately 9 p.m.in a parking lot near the school in Madisonville, about six hours after his first call. "We share in their heartbreak around this", Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said.

The Hamilton County coroner has ruled Kyle Plush's death an accidental asphyxia due to chest compression.

At about 8 p.m., Plush's mother called Hamilton County's 911 center to report her son was missing.

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He was trapped inside a vehicle in a school parking lot. The recordings of Kyle's desperate calls have prompted the Cincinnati Police Department to launch an investigation.

The information released by police Wednesday afternoon did not clarify the reason the first deputy to respond was not able to find Plush's van or how extensive that deputy's search of the area might have been.

"I'm going to die here", Plush said as the dispatcher repeatedly asked for an address or location, Fox 19 reported. Fox19now reports Plush was trying to reach tennis gear in the back of the van when the third-row seat flipped and pinned him.

During a second call to 911 Plush again asked for help. Saunders said there are several parking lots associated with the school. Over the course of a three-minute call in which he gasped, cried repeatedly for help and struggled to communicate with the operator, he relayed he was trapped inside his vehicle in the parking lot of Seven Hills School. He indicated he didn't have much time to live.

The dispatcher called Plush's phone back but it went to voicemail, so she assumed it was a crank phone call. The call lasted more than 2 and a half minutes. Like the police department, the sheriff's office has not spoken publicly about Plush's death.

There was no evidence of foul play, the coroner added, and the police said drugs were not involved.

A Seven Hills statement said Kyle was "a young man of keen intelligence, good humour, and great courage, and this whole community feels this loss very deeply".

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