It sounds too awful to be a true: A 16-year-old boy becomes trapped alone in the back of a minivan and suffocates to death despite calling 911 twice. How did it happen to Kyle Plush of Cincinnati? It seems the teen was grabbing his tennis equipment inside the parked 2004 Honda Odyssey when he kneeled on the third-row bench seat to reach into the cargo area. The seat popped up, flipped the youth upside down, and pinned him against the back of the vehicle, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. The newspaper tested out the scenario on the same make and model vehicle and found that it can indeed happen if the seat latch is not secured. Details and developments:
- The test: The Enquirer explains that the bench seat has a latch, allowing it to fold into the rear well for more cargo space. With the latch unsecured, "a reporter kneeling on the bench seat and reaching into the rear well was able with little effort to rock the seat backward," write Anne Saker and Alexander Coolidge. "That motion of the heavy metal-framed seat can sandwich a person upside down, pinned between the back of the bench seat and the jamb of the rear door."