Cincinnati park will honor teen who died trapped in van

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) – A new pavilion at a Cincinnati park will be named in honor of a 16-year-old boy who died while trapped in a minivan parked near his school last April.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports park commissioners decided to name the Kyle Plush Pavilion in Stanbery Park to honor years of volunteer work done there by the teen and his grandparents.

Construction of the facility is expected to start later this year.

Authorities say Plush died of asphyxiation because his chest was being compressed. It’s suspected that a foldaway third-row seat flipped over and pinned him as he reached into the back of the van.

He called 911 twice. Responding officers drove through parking areas near the school but never left their cruiser. Plush’s family has criticized that response.

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