Sixteen-year-old student Kyle Plush called 911 twice pleading for his life Tuesday as his van's seats slowly crushed him.
According to Cincinnati.com Plush called 911 begging "Help, help, help," at 3:16 p.m., but the dispatcher had a hard time figuring out his location.
"I'm in desperate need of help," he told her. Several times he repeated he was "at Seven Hills" but the operator couldn't understand what he meant.
"Where are you?" she asked over and over again. "What is the address?"
In a second call, Plush again begged for help but confessed he didn't have much longer to live.
"I probably don't have much time left, so tell my mom that I love her if I die," he said. "I'm trapped inside my gold Honda Odyssey van. In the (inaudible) parking lot of Seven Hills Hillsdale. Send officers immediately. I'm almost dead."
The dispatcher called Plush's phone back but it went to voicemail, so she assumed it was a crank phone call. Seven minutes after the call was made the radio call went out to the police and two officers were assigned to investigate the call. They arrived a few minutes later but couldn't find the van.
Toward the end of the second call, banging can be heard and Plush called out for "Siri" multiple times.
Plush was ultimately found by a family member at approximately 9 p.m. in a parking lot near the school in Madisonville, about six hours after his first call. More calls were then made to 911.
"We are missing a kid and apparently he's been found in his car in the parking lot," said one caller. "I guess we need police and an ambulance there."
A night shift worker at the school also called saying he was with Plush's father in the parking lot. He told the dispatcher the teen was "turned over in the seat and stuck there."
"He's been there for awhile," he said.
The autopsy revealed he died of asphyxia due to his chest being compressed. Essentially, he was crushed to death. It does not say, however, how long it took for Plush to die with his injuries.
Police are continuing to investigate the way the accident occurred and City Manager Harry Black is working with the 911 center to understand why the boy could not be found.
"This matter is very disturbing," Black said. "If there are deficiencies on the part of the 911 center operations, my mandate is to fix whatever needs to be fixed."said. "If there are deficiencies on the part of the 911 center operations, my mandate is to fix whatever needs to be fixed."
There was a recall in 2017 for about 800,000 Honda Odyssey vans due to second-row seats accidentally tipping forward. There were 46 reports of minor injuries last year.