This is just one of those stories that is frustrating to have to write.

Unfortunately for a 16-year-old boy, his life was cut short this week after an accident that led to him being asphyxiated in the cargo area of his 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan. If that wasn't bad enough, it gets worse.

That's because Kyle Plush called 911 not only once but twice. He clearly communicated his distress, his location and the make/model of the vehicle. The 911 operator sent officers to the scene but could not locate the car, somehow. According to the latest reports, the second operator did not relay some information to the responding officer(s).

It was deemed a prank and the deceased boy was found six hours later by his father.

Reports indicate that Plush was trying to retrieve tennis gear by kneeling on the third row and reaching over and into the cargo area. Somehow the seat flipped over and he was pinned by the seat upside down. In the recorded 911 phone calls he knows he's suffocating and time is short.

Reuters reports that NHTSA is looking into the matter.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it is in contact with local authorities and Honda Motor Co in an effort to learn more about the death of a Ohio high school student who died of asphyxiation after getting trapped in a Honda Odyssey minivan.

Kyle Plush, 16, called 911 on April 10 after he told the operator he was stuck in his van in his high school parking lot in Cincinnati and warned he would die unless he was found soon.

That call prompted police to search for Plush at the high school but they were unable to find him.

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NHTSA Gets Involved In 2004 Honda Odyssey Third-row Case That Killed 16-year-old Boy

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