A Cincinnati police dispatcher is on leave amid an investigation into a teenage boy's tragic death.
Police officials say they want to know why information Kyle Plush gave to the dispatcher about the type of vehicle he was trapped in wasn't relayed to officers. The 16-year-old died Tuesday night when he was crushed by a folding bench seat in his van outside Seven Hills School.
The teen call 911 using voice commands after being trapped after leaning over the third row of seats in his Honda Odyssey and the collapsed, pinning him. It took four minutes to find the GPS signal in the correct parking lot, but they couldn’t pinpoint the signal.
That’s when Plush called again and gave the make, model and year of the van. The dispatcher, who is on leave, failed to pass the info on to the officers. He was found six hours later by family members.
City leaders are also using the communication breakdown to push for a merger of Cincinnati and Hamilton County 911 centers.