Parents of teen trapped in van seek answers about his death

 

CINCINNATI (AP) — The parents of a 16-year-old boy who became trapped beneath a minivan's rear bench and died despite two 911 calls say they have questions and want answers.

Ron and Jill Plush said in a statement Friday night that Kyle Plush, a sophomore at a Cincinnati private school, "embraced life with a passion far beyond his years."

Ron Plush found Kyle dead Tuesday night inside the minivan in a school parking lot after two Cincinnati police officers and a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy searched but failed to locate the teen earlier that day.

Kyle Plush used his phone's voice feature to twice call 911 Tuesday afternoon, giving the location and description of the minivan.

Multiple investigations are underway to determine why Kyle wasn't found and rescued.


Federal agency monitoring death of teen trapped by van seat

CINCINNATI (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's monitoring what happened to a teenage boy in Ohio who became trapped by a Honda minivan rear bench seat and died.

The agency said Friday it's been in contact with local authorities and Honda "to understand all of the facts related to this tragic incident."

Sixteen-year-old Kyle Plush died Tuesday after becoming trapped inside a 2004 Honda Odyssey. A coroner says Plush died of asphyxiation due to "chest compression."

Plush made two 911 calls Tuesday afternoon begging for help from a parking lot at Seven Hills School in Cincinnati. Two Cincinnati police officers and a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy searched but failed to locate him.

A Cincinnati police spokesman said Friday the department has verified that the minivan wasn't subject to recalls.