City of Cincinnati, plush family settled wrong death lawsuit for $ 6 million
Kyle Plush’s family recently agreed to settle a $ 6 million unlawful death lawsuit with the City of Cincinnati.
Kyle Plush’s family recently agreed to settle an unlawful death lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati. According to city manager Paula Boggs Muething, the Plush family will receive a payment of $ 6 million from the city. She added:
“The emergency communications center and police department staff are dedicated officers who are committed to helping when people need them most. We will work every day to ensure that our city never experiences another tragedy like the one suffered by the Plüsch family. The city strives to provide the most professional emergency response to all Cincinnatians. ”
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In addition to paying, the city will also make additional efforts to continuously improve ECC operations. For example, the city will spend $ 250,000 on 911 call center improvements. Some of these funds will be used to hire external experts to “review the city’s 911 operations”.
Another $ 6 million will go to the Kyle Plush Answer the Call Foundation, an organization that works for safer communities.
When commenting on the settlement, the Plush family said it was never about money. Jill Plush, Kyle’s mom, said it’s always about making Cincinnati safer. She added, “We have decided to settle down to achieve reform.”
Al Gerhardstein, a lawyer for the Plüsch family, said:
“The family makes this agreement in honor of their son Kyle. In order to honor his memory, it was important that we are civically committed to continuous improvement. With this agreement, the city administrator commits to continue reforms in an enforceable, transparent manner to make the city safer for all. The family sees improvement under the current leadership, and this judicial arrangement will build on that. “
The lawsuit itself was filed back in 2019 and named as defendants to ex-city administrators Harry Black, 911 answering machine, Amber Smith and Stepheanie Magee, and Cincinnati police officers Edsel Osborn and Brian Brazile. Commenting on the settlement, Bill Vedra, director of the Emergency Communications Center, said, “The settlement has released every one of the defendants in the case, including our answering machines and police officers.”
At the time the lawsuit was filed, the Plush family alleged the city and several employees were responsible for their 16-year-old son’s death in April 2018. Kyle was a student at Seven Hills School. The family lawyer said, “The officers believed the incident was a prank and did not treat it as a high-priority phone call.”
Kyle eventually died after being “pinned to a folding bench in the back of his family’s 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan parked at Seven Hills School in Madisonville.” He called 911 twice and asked for help. He provided his location details and a description of his vehicle. According to the suit: “He yelled, hit and asked for help. Nobody helped him. “Hours later, Kyle’s body was found by his father when he was looking for him.
According to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office, Kyle died of “suffocation from chest compression after being held in a folding seat in the vehicle.”
Plush Family, Town Reaches $ 6M Settlement on Unlawful Death Lawsuit
The Plush family reached a $ 6 million settlement with Cincinnati over the unjustified death of the teenager