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Driver involved in deadly hit-and-run captured

Authorities release photos of truck involved in deadly hit and run

UPDATE: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:29 p.m.

CHP say they have arrested the driver responsible for killing Gavin Gladding and have impounded the truck.

They will be holding a press conference later tonight to release more details.

THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY.

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UPDATE: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. - A news conference was held Friday morning to update the public on the search for the hit and run driver who killed Gavin Gladding.

CHP investigators now say the truck that hit Gladding is a 2005 to 2007 Chevy Silverado, and not a GMC.


Also, the Crime Stoppers reward now sits at $23,000.

To be eligible for the reward, call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP or go to www.valleycrimestoppers.org to submit your anonymous tip.

Only when a Crime Stoppers tip leads to an arrest do you qualify for the reward.

On Friday, Clovis Unified School District is planning to celebrate the life of Gavin Gladding.

The district is inviting past and present Fort Washington students and their families to meet at the school's amphitheater just after 4:00 p.m.

There is also a family fund set up to help Gladding's children.

The Gavin Gladding Family Fund is being established to assist Gavin’s children into the future.

Please use the Zelle Pay App and deposit funds to the Gladding Family Fund. Deposits can also be made in person at any Wells Fargo Branch with checks being made payable to Gavin Gladding Family Fund.


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UPDATE: Thursday, September 20, 2018 2:00 p.m. - Crime Stoppers announced the reward for catching Gavin Gladding's killer has been increased to $22,350.

The increase comes just hours after it was announced it had reached $20,000.

On Wednesday the reward was increased to $7200.



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UPDATE: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 4:00 p.m. - The reward for finding Gavin Gladding's killer is now up to $7,200.


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The California Highway Patrol has released a photo of the truck involved in a hit and run crash that claimed the life of a Clovis Unified educator.

According to the CHP, the truck will be missing its passenger side rear view mirror, crushed windshield, and possible damage to the grille, hood, roof, A-pillar, and door.

A representative for Clovis Unified says the Gavin Gladding Family Fund has been established to assist Gavin's children in the future.

If you would like to donate, download the app Zelle and deposit the funds to the gladdingfamilyfund@gmail.com and enter Gavin’s name. Deposits can also be made in person at any Wells Fargo Branch with checks being made payable to Gavin Gladding Family Fund.


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A man is now dead after being hit by a pick up truck earlier this morning around 6:00 a.m. on Friant road near Old Friant.

Fresno Police say Gavin Gladding was jogging along Friant Road when the driver of the truck swerved off the road onto the shoulder, hitting Gladding.

The driver of the truck left the scene after the crash heading westbound on Friant Road.

Gladding was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in critical condition where he later died.

Gavin Gladding was the vice principal for Clovis Unified’s Fort Washington Elementary School.

Clovis Unified Statement released a statement:

Clovis Unified’s Fort Washington Elementary School community is in shock and grieving today after learning of the death of beloved Guidance Instructional Specialist Gavin Gladding in a hit and run accident early Sunday. The staff met this afternoon to support each other, and to prepare for school Monday, and psychologists will be on hand throughout the week as the community processes this tragedy. Gavin joined Clovis Unified in 2005, and taught science at Alta Sierra Intermediate and Clovis West High School before joining Fort Washington Elementary as the school’s second in command in 2015. “Mr. Gladding was an amazing educator and a caring mentor to our students at the Fort,” said principal Melanie Hashimoto. “Our team is in shock, but we are pulling together to support each other and our students as we mourn this great loss.” The hearts and thoughts of the entire Clovis Unified educational team is with the Gladding family, and the Fort Washington team has already reached out to offer assistance and support as they grieve this unexpected loss.
Kelly Avants, Clovis Unified School District

Fresno police are now trying to find the driver, saying to be on the look out for a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra between 2005-2007.

The truck is a dark color, maybe black, and is a 4-door crew cab with chrome caps on the side mirrors.

Police say the truck may have the following damage:

Missing passenger side rear view mirror, crushed windshield, and possible damage to the grille, hood, roof, A-pillar, and door.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact California Highway Patrol Communications Center at (559) 262-0400 or Crime Stoppers (559) 498-STOP.




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