Family of Ohio teen who was crushed to death after becoming trapped inside minivan files wrongful death suit
The parents of an Ohio teen who suffocated to death after becoming trapped beneath the seats of his family’s minivan has filed a wrongful death suit against the city of Cincinnati, alleging officials mishandled 911 calls made by their son in the hours leading up to his death.
Kyle Plush, 16, was reaching for tennis gear in the back of his 2004 Honda Odyssey on April 10, 2018 when the third row of seats flipped over and pinned him to the backdoor of the vehicle.
He was found dead five hours later inside the van, which had been parked in a lot near Seven Hills High School at the time. In that time frame, Kyle desperately tried to get the attention of passersby and even managed to call for help on two separate occasions — but to no avail.
The suit, filed Monday on behalf of Kyle’s parents, Ron and Jill Plush, lists the city of Cincinnati, its city manager, two officers and two 911 operators in the wrongful death case.
“He provided his location and description of the van,” the lawsuit reads. “He screamed, pounded, begged for help. No one helped him.”
The teen’s family also places blame on the two responding officers, who they said failed to properly search the lot for Kyle despite having access to a GPS tool that would have allowed them to pinpoint his exact location.