Crime

Reward in hit-and-run that killed Clovis Unified administrator surpasses $20,000

The California Highway Patrol said the suspect vehicle in a fatal hit-and-run Sunday is a 2005 to 2007 Chevrolet or GMC pickup.
The California Highway Patrol said the suspect vehicle in a fatal hit-and-run Sunday is a 2005 to 2007 Chevrolet or GMC pickup. Special to The Bee

The reward for anonymous tips in the case of a fatal hit-and-run collision in which Gavin Gladding, a Fort Washington Elementary School administrator, died early Sunday has reached more than $20,000.

The reward went from $7,350 to $22,350 on Thursday with a boost from an anonymous donor who wrote a check for $13,000, Crime Stoppers program director Susan Blaze said.

“Various business owners and members of the Clovis Unified community have contributed. ... They just want to see a resolution,” she said.

Gladding was killed while running on Friant Road west of Willow Avenue. The California Highway Patrol says the pickup that hit him was traveling west on Friant and the driver fled the crash scene.

The CHP said the pickup is believed to be a 2005-to-2007 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra crew cab with silver caps on the side mirrors, and is possibly black. It should be missing a passenger-side mirror, have a smashed windshield and possibly grill, hood and door damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno area CHP at 559-262-0400.

To qualify for reward money, call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP or go to www.valleycrimestoppers.org to submit your anonymous tip. All tips must be anonymous and through the Crime Stoppers phone number or online website.

The reward money is coming from donations including $5,000 by Quad Knopf, Inc. engineering in Clovis; $1,100 by employees of Clovis Unified administration offices; $1,000 by Crime Stoppers and $100 by Larry Gasaway.

Fund for Gladding children

Clovis Unified said Tuesday that friends of the Gladding family announced the establishment of a scholarship fund to help Gladding’s two children, currently enrolled in elementary school, to pursue future education.

To donate to the Gavin Gladding Family Fund, use the Zelle money app and deposit funds to 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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