A 9-year-old boy died after he was crushed by a motorized room partition at an elementary school outside the nation’s capital on Friday, officials said.
The Fairfax County Police Department said in a news release the boy, who was in the School Age Child Care program at the Franconia Elementary School in Alexandria, was in the gym when he and a teacher both simultaneously pressed a button to open a large, motorized room partition that splits in the middle.
The child, identified as Wesley Lipicky, then became caught between the partition and the wall, and suffered “traumatic head injuries,” according to police. Authorities said the 9-year-old was then pounced dead at the hospital on Friday night.
Investigators said Saturday that an autopsy found the child’s death to be accidental.