ALEXANDRIA, VA- On May 13, Delegate Sickles recognized and memorialized Wesley Charles Lipicky, a nine year old boy killed in a tragic school accident one year ago this month. HB 1753 was ceremonially signed into law at the Franconia Firehouse by Governor Ralph Northam. The bill’s provisions, if followed by school divisions across the Commonwealth, will prevent another such accident from ever occurring.
Wesley Lipicky died on Friday, May 18, 2018 when he was crushed between an electronic partition and a wall at Franconia Elementary School. “It’s a horrific, tragic accident that no family should ever endure. The Lipicky family has shown unbelievable courage, strength, and resilience through this year, and it has been such an honor to work with them on this legislation,” said Delegate Sickles.
The room was filled with first responders who tried to save Wesley’s life, neighborhood friends and the extended Lipicky Family from around the USA. Senator Barker, Supervisor McKay, and School Board Member Tammy Kaufax were also in attendance to show their support. Ms. Kaufax led the School Board in approving funds to add safety devices in all 127 Fairfax County Public School buildings that use motorized partitions.