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‘You have crossed the line!’ Family of teen crushed in minivan storms out of city council meeting

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The grieving family of 16-year-old Kyle Plush, the Ohio teen who died last week in his minivan because police were not given critical information he relayed after calling 911 twice, stormed out of a Cincinnati city council meeting when an elected official began talking about money.

“You have crossed the line!” the deceased boy’s uncle yelled at Councilman Wendell Young when he began talking about a likely lawsuit.

Plush was crushed by a seat in his minivan, but he managed to call 911 twice before he died, Fox 19 reported. A deputy was on the scene, but couldn’t find Kyle based on the information from the first call.

Kyle called a second time with more specific information, but the 911 operator never gave the information to the officers on the scene.

“I am trapped inside my gold Honda Odyssey van in the parking lot of the Seven Hills…Send officers immediately,” the young man Plush pleaded. “I’m almost dead.”

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The deputy questioned if the call had been a prank, Fox 19 reported, and not getting the additional information, to include Kyle insisting it was not a joke, the call would be closed out.

Kyle’s father, Ron Plush, found his son unresponsive nearly six hours later, according to police.

The Plush family sat for five hours as city leaders and law enforcement officials talked about problems with the 911 system, according to the Fox affiliate, but things quickly deteriorated when Young brought up potential lawsuits.

“I suspect that there’ll be attempts to do what the law allows to be done to try to, in some way, to make up for what happened with you,” the councilman said. “But there is no amount of money that’s going to make you happy.”

“This isn’t about money!” the deceased boy’s father cried out, wiping tears from his face, according to Fox 19.

“I believe that,” Young replied. “There’s no amount of blame that’s going to make the situation better,” the councilman continues. “So I think at the end…”

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It was at this point that Kyle’s uncle sprang to his feet, demanding, “You know what, stop this right here!”

“This is the most insensitive thing I’ve ever heard!” he yelled. “You guys were doing wonderful ’til this guy started talking. I’m tired. You’ve crossed the line!”

“You have crossed the line!”

Young continued talking as the family gathered their belongings and stormed out.

Tom Tillison

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