‘Tell my mom that I love her if I die,’ teen pleads as van seat fatally crushes him

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 8:08 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 3:53 PM

911 call operator on leave in Cincinnati after teen dies in van

A 16-year-old high school student died after his van seat fatally crushed him. Kyle Plush made two calls to 9-1-1, begging for help. In the second call, Plush told the  dispatcher it wasn’t a joke and asked the dispatcher to tell his mother he loved her if he died.

KEY DETAILS

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  • Kyle Plush, 16, called 9-1-1 approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday
  • Police dispatched but couldn’t find van or teen
  • Plush called 9-1-1 again, said he didn’t have much time left
  • Plush’s parents found him deceased in his van at 10 p.m. in Seven Hills High School parking lot
  • Hamilton County Prosecutor launching investigation
  • Dispatcher put on leave

UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters is launching a full investigation to determine what exactly happened that led to the death of a 16-year-old Seven Hills student in the school parking lot Tuesday afternoon, WCPO-TV reports.

"The young man was trapped in the third row bench seat, and it is called positional asphyxiation," Deters said. "We are actively trying to identify experts to assist in us in this investigation."


The 911 operator who took the second call from Kyle Plush Tuesday afternoon has been placed on administrative leave because she didn't pass on the make, model or color of Plush's minivan to officers who responded, Police Chief Eliot Isaac said Thursday. 

 

WATCH: Cincinnati PD provides details into teen found dead inside van. Video courtesy WCPO-TV.

"Something went wrong here, and we need to find out why were weren't able to provide that help," Isaac said. 

 

Plush, 16, was found dead in a minivan in the Seven Hills School parking lot Tuesday night. That afternoon, he had called 911 twice asking for help. During that second call, Plush said he was trapped in a gold Honda Odyssey in the Seven Hills School parking lot. But the responding officers never knew because the call taker, Amber Smith, never told them, according to Issac.

A teen died in the parking lot of Seven Hills High School when his van seat fatally crushed him after being trapped in the third row seat bench. CBS This Morning explains how this could have happened.

EARLIER REPORT

A full procedural and technical review of all calls received by the Cincinnati Police Department’s Emergency Communications Section was initiated Thursday after a 16-year-old died in his school parking lot after becoming trapped in his van.

Kyle Jacob Plush, 16, called 9-1-1 from the Seven Hills High parking lot, panicking Tuesday afternoon, saying he was trapped inside a van. 

In the 3-minute phone call, Plush gasped and cried repeatedly for help as he struggled to communicate with the 911 operator, according to our partners at WCPO in Cincinnati.

“I probably don’t have much time left, so tell my mom I love her if I die,” he said.

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The call ended, and when the 911 operator attempted to call him back, there was no answer. Officers responded, but couldn’t find anyone trapped in a van, according to WCPO.

In part of the 9-1-1 call an officer says, "I just looked in a van over there. I didn't see anybody in it.” 

It’s not clear if the officer found the right van or the wrong van.

When police could find no sign of the teen, a separate incident occuring in the same area lead law enforcement to believe the call might be a hoax.

Plush called 911 again.

“This is not a joke,” he said. “I am trapped inside a gold Honda Odyssey van in the parking lot of Seven Hills...send officers immediately. I’m almost dead.”

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Later that evening, around 10 p.m., a family member discovered Plush dead in the van.  The Hamilton County Coroner said Plush died of “asphyxia caused by chest compression” and ruled the death an accident.

Something pressed so hard against Push’s chest that he suffocated, but officials have not said what.

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Over 2 million views and a shout-out from Lady Antebellum. Middletown Police lip sync challenge video is dominating the Internet

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

A screen shot from the video the Middletown Police Department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among law enforcement.
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A screen shot from the video the Middletown Police Department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among law enforcement.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments.

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Since its posting at noon Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.

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“Incredible,” Muterspaw told the Journal-News this morning.

Since its posting at noon Wednesday, Middletown Police Department’s lip sync challenge video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

The video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.

The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”

The Middletown Police Department's lip sync challenge video features the song "Need You Now" by country music group Lady Antebellum.

Muterspaw said it took about one hour to shoot the video, and while some officers were reluctant at first, he said everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.

He said it’s important to show police officers are human.

“If we brought out some smiles, then we did our job,” Muterspaw said.

MORE: Police officers across the country compete in viral lip sync battle

In the video, officers are seen craving doughnuts, and once the empty boxes in the office are replenished, stuffing their faces with doughnuts.

Muterspaw said police officers truly “love” their doughnuts.

“We always have them in the break room,” he said.

Police departments across the country are issuing and answering a lip sync challenge.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)
 

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Ribbon-cutting held for Perfections Beauty College opening

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:43 PM



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Perfections Beauty College held a ribbon-cutting with the city Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

This Beauty College is located at 7806 Waynetown Blvd., where the old Carousel Beauty College was located.

When Carousel Beauty College abruptly closed about two years ago, over 300 students in the Dayton region were unable to finalize their education, said City Council Member of Huber Heights Richard Shaw.

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Perfections Beauty College has revamped and renovated this location and is coming in to help students continue their education that they had with Carousel.

“We are hoping to bring back as many students from the Carousel institutions as we can in hopes that they can keep the hours they worked for with that institution,” said one of the owners Kailey Yolanda. “Our goal is to help the students in reaching their diploma as they should have with Carousel.”

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Car flips on its top, catches fire in Dayton

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

N. Broadway accident

UPDATE @ 1:00 p.m.:

Police on scene told us one man was taken to a hospital but is in good condition after he struck an RTA pole and flipped his car on its top.

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The driver was the only person involved in the accident, police said.

He lost control of his car before striking the pole.

A tow truck just left the scene and the road should open back up soon.

FIRST REPORT:

A road is closed after a vehicle flipped on its top and caught fire in Dayton Sunday.

Crews responded to the scene at North Broadway Street and Superior Avenue around 11:38 a.m., regional dispatchers confirmed.

North Broadway Street between Grand Avenue and Superior Avenue is closed, according to our crew on scene.

Dispatch advised people take an alternate route.

Everyone was able to get out of the vehicle, dispatch said.

We are working to learn the cause of this accident and if there were any injuries.

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Greene County voters may decide on new tax for career center

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:18 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:18 PM


            The Greene County Career Center, 2960 W. Enon Road, may be on the move to a new facility at U.S. 68 and U.S. 35 if voters approve a bond issue in November. CONTRIBUTED
The Greene County Career Center, 2960 W. Enon Road, may be on the move to a new facility at U.S. 68 and U.S. 35 if voters approve a bond issue in November. CONTRIBUTED

Voters in Greene County will decide whether to approve a new tax to pay for a new career center that would be built at U.S. 68 and U.S. 35.

The proposal is for a 20-year, 1.03-mill bond issue that would generate approximately $4.1 million a year while costing homeowners about $36 for every $100,000 worth of property.

Building the new facility is estimated to be a $62 million project, part of which would be paid for through savings achieved by the district, according to Greene County Career Center Superintendent Dave Deskins.

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About $18 million has been saved from two sources: A settlement on a faulty workmanship claim from work in 2010 and the permanent improvement levy that voters approved in 1996, which was the last time voters approved new revenue for the career center, Deskins said.

“Between savings and contributions from business and industry, we will be able to equip the facility for generations to come,” Deskins said. “The career center has been working to save diligently to pay toward this. We’re currently in a position to contribute a substantial portion to support the project.”

Deskins said they tried to avoid this tax request by lobbying to change state law and allow the Ohio School Facilities Commission to help fund a new career center. The OSFC can fund renovations and remodeling projects but not new construction for career centers, Deskins said.

Language was included in the state’s last budget bill that would have changed the law, but when it reached Gov. John Kasich’s desk, it was one of 47 line-item vetoes.

“We were really close to finding a way to have the state help with this project,” Deskins said.

Most voters are supportive of building a new career center, if programming is expanded, according to a survey of voters that the Career Center conducted.

According to the survey, 59 percent of voters would support a new construction project, while 41 percent said “no.”

The potential new location at U.S. 68 and U.S. 35 is about eight miles away from the Career Center’s current campus on West Enon Road. Deskins said the proposed site is more centrally located for the county’s seven districts and would be closer for five of the seven districts served by the career center.

The Career Center has big plans for the new initiative “Take Flight,” which aims to train students to enter the aerospace and aviation industry. Deskins cites a job market study that indicates significant demand for skilled workers in engineering, manufacturing and information technology related to the aviation industry.

Deskins said the current facility at 2960 W. Enon Road was built in 1967, and the electric system is inadequate to accommodate new technology and equipment.

“This is an incredible opportunity not only for Greene County but for the region,” Deskins said. “We know it’s going to have an impact on Ohio’s economy.”

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