Teen Dies in Freak Accident After Calling 911: 'Tell My Mom I Love Her'
He died mysteriously in his car.
An Ohio teen used the final moments before his mysterious death to call 911 and give a message to someone very special.
"Tell my mom I love her," 16-year-old Kyle Plush told the operator in a desperate 911 call made in the minutes prior to his death inside his van in the parking lot of his high school. "I probably don't have much time left."
An operator asked Plush where he was, to which he replied the name of his Cincinnati school. "Seven Hills," he said. "I'm in desperate need of help!"
Despite his calls and desperate screams for help, Kyle would later be found dead in his van from what an initial autopsy called "asphyxia due to chest compression."
According to Cincinnati.com, Plush was in the third row of his van reaching in the back for his tennis equipment when the bench seat flipped, crushing his chest.
Though he was able to make two 911 calls over the next several minutes, in which he described his van and general location, Kyle was killed in the freak accident.
Kyle's own father would reportedly find his son's body hours later on Tuesday night.
As Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said at a news conference Thursday, investigators are not only examining the exact cause of Kyle's death, but also looking into why help didn't arrive in time.
"This young man was crying out for help," Isaac said. "We weren't able to get that information to the officers on the scene. We need to find out why."
A dispatcher who answered one of Kyle's calls has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Isaac said.
Honda has also given a statement on the tragedy, saying there were no seat-related recalls of that model, a 2004 Odyssey.
"Our hearts go out to the victim’s family during this difficult time," spokesperson Chris Martin said. "Honda does not have any specific information from which to definitively determine what occurred in this incident."
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