2nd investigation launched into van death of teen who called 911 twice
MADISONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is now investigating how a 16-year-old boy was crushed to death in a minivan at a school parking lot despite calling 911 at least twice to beg for help and giving details of his location and a description of the vehicle.
Sheriff's officials launched their probe Thursday morning, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Knapp.
It comes one day after Cincinnati police announced they were conducting a full procedural and technical review of all calls received by their Emergency Communications Section from the teen and associated 911 calls from others and dispatch recordings related to the incident.
The Hamilton County coroner has ruled Kyle Plush's death an accidental asphyxia due to chest compression. No evidence of foul play was found.
"Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Kyle," reads a press release from Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco.
The sophomore called 911 at least twice begging for help Tuesday afternoon while trapped inside the van outside Seven Hills School off Red Bank Road, according to audio recordings released Wednesday:
"I'm going to die here," Plush tells a dispatcher after repeatedly asking for help.
The dispatcher asked several times, "Where are you?" and "What is the address?"
"I probably don't have much time left. Tell my mom I love her if I die," he said.
Cincinnati District 2 police and a Hamilton County deputy sheriff responded to the area but could not locate the distressed caller, according to police and the sheriff's office.
The dispatcher called Plush's cellphone back, but it went to voice mail.
It's not clear when Plush called 911 for the second time, but he did.
"This is not a joke," he said, according to the recording. "I'm trapped inside my gold Honda Odyssey van in the (inaudible) parking lot of the Seven Hills."
Plush can be heard asking "Hey Siri" several times.
"I put in there (the victim) could possibly be in the thrift store parking lot across the street," a dispatcher said on one of the phone calls released Wednesday.
"I was in there, I just looked in a van over there, I didn't see anybody in it," responded the deputy, who was at the school working a traffic detail 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
The deputy suggested the call might be a prank but kept searching, to no avail.
Some six hours later, the 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan - with the teen's body inside - was located parked next to campus by his father.
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