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Top lawyer latest to probe death of teen trapped in minivan

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 11:36:01-04

CINCINNATI (AP) — A prominent civil rights attorney is the latest to seek answers into what happened a year ago when a Cincinnati teen became trapped in his family's minivan near his school and died after making two heartrending 911 appeals.

Al Gerhardstein has recently requested city and police records about the failed response April 10, 2018, to Kyle Plush's calls. The 16-year-old student's chest was being compressed after he was apparently pinned by a foldaway rear seat.

His death led to multiple probes, and to changes in the city's 911 system, training and police procedures.

But the youth's parents have expressed dissatisfaction.

Gerhardstein is a veteran of litigation with city and police who represented the lead plaintiff in the landmark U.S. case legalizing gay marriage.