CINCINNATI - A 16-year-old from Ohio is dead after being slowly crushed in the third row of his van, and his pleas for help were recorded on 911 calls as emergency workers tried to locate him.
Officials in Hamilton County, Ohio, are launching an investigation into how Kyle Jacob Plush became trapped in the bench seat Tuesday, according to WCPO.
Plush called 911 in a panic and struggled to communicate with the dispatcher. He said he was trapped in his van and told the operator, "I probably don't have much time left, so tell my mom I love her if I die."
Plush was trapped in the parking lot of his high school, but the first deputy to respond couldn't find his van and questioned if it was a prank. Plush called back and said "I am trapped inside a gold Honda Odyssey van in the parking lot of Seven Hills ... send officers immediately, I'm almost dead."
According to police, a family member found Plush dead inside the van hours later.
Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco said Plush died from accidental "asphyxia caused by chest compression," and added that something had pressed so hard against Plush's chest that he suffocated. No further information was given.
Police haven't clarified why the first deputy wasn't able to find Plush's van. Plush's uncle told WCPO that the 911 system failed the "great kid" who had been his nephew.
Police said the information from Plush's second call to 911 wasn't given to officers at the scene.
The incident is still under investigation, but one of the 911 dispatchers was placed on leave. Cincinnati police are opening an internal investigation after CPD Chief Eliot Isaac said Thursday that "something has gone terribly wrong."