By: Kyle James | 04-13-2018 | News
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Ohio - High School Student Dies In Back Of Van After Making Two 911 Calls

A high school student named Kyle Plush died after the back seat of his minivan pinned him while trying to retrieve tennis equipment. Plush was leaning over the last row of seats in his 2004 Honda Odyssey when the seat flipped up and back toward the hatch pinning him upside down. Somehow, he was still able to call 911 twice but officers failed to locate him.

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Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said at Thursday, "Something has gone terribly wrong. We need to find out why." Plush was 16-years-old when he died of asphyxia due to chest compression. Isaac said he didn't know why the dispatcher didn't relay the information needed to officers on the scene. The dispatcher has been identified as Amber Smith and she failed to tell officers what Plush had told her about how to find him.

"This was a horrific tragedy. We share in their heartbreak around this," Isaac said. "Police officers, firefighters and even emergency personnel, you do this because they want to help." An internal investigation into the actions of all employees involved has begun. When school was let out, Deputy Doug Allen was directing traffic and assisted police in the search for Plush's van but they were unsuccessful.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New; what Isaac said about officers on the scene: &quot;They patrolled area, attempted to locate the caller, looked for anyone in distress.&quot; What we don&#39;t know: Did they actually see this van?</p>&mdash; Sharon Coolidge (@SharonCoolidge) <a href="">April 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I have spoken w/ the Police Chief &amp; CPD is now conducting both an internal investigation &amp; a comprehensive review around the death of Kyle Plush. The outcome is both tragic and unacceptable. We will not let the ways in which Kyle was failed go unaddressed.</p>&mdash; P.G. Sittenfeld (@PGSittenfeld) <a href="">April 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters also announced his office would be launching an investigation into the events that day with the help of coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco. "This young man was trapped in the third-row bench seat, and it is called asphyxia due to chest compression," Deters said. "We are actively working to identify experts to assist us in this investigation."

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Anonymous No. 23014 2018-04-13 : 03:51

What a brutal way to go, shame on that dispatcher, she probably thought it was a prank. She should be fired and possibly charged but she won't be because blue protects blue

Anonymous No. 23015 2018-04-13 : 04:05

The 911 operator should be fired

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