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Clovis elementary school administrator killed in hit-and-run crash, district says

A memorial for Gavin Gladding takes shape on a fence at Fort Washington Elementary School on Monday morning, Sept. 17, 2018. Gladding, 43, a guidance instruction specialist at the school, was killed Sunday in a hit-and-run. He was out running about 6 a.m. alongside Friant Road.
A memorial for Gavin Gladding takes shape on a fence at Fort Washington Elementary School on Monday morning, Sept. 17, 2018. Gladding, 43, a guidance instruction specialist at the school, was killed Sunday in a hit-and-run. He was out running about 6 a.m. alongside Friant Road. aappleton@fresnobee.com

Gavin Gladding, a 43-year old Clovis elementary school administrator, has been identified as the victim of a fatal hit-and-run crash Sunday morning in Fresno.

Gladding apparently was running around 6 a.m. Sunday on the shoulder area of Friant Road, west of Willow Avenue, when he was struck by the pickup truck. Investigators said the truck was a black, possibly single-cab early 2000s model GMC Sierra.

The truck was traveling west on Friant Road west of Willow northeast of Fresno when it swerved off the road and struck Gladding.

The driver of the truck left the scene, heading west on Friant Road. Witnesses could not give officers a description of the driver or a license plate, Taylor said.

No arrests have been reported.

CHP spokesman Victor Taylor said Gladding was pronounced dead at Community Regional Medical Center.

Gladding was a Guidance Instructional Specialist at Fort Washington Elementary. He started as the school’s second in command in 2015, according to the statement from Clovis Unified School District.

Before that, he taught science at Alta Sierra Intermediate and Clovis West High schools.

“Mr. Gladding was an amazing educator and a caring mentor to our students at the Fort,” Principal Melanie Hashimoto said in a statement. “Our team is in shock, but we are pulling together to support each other and our students as we mourn this great loss.”

Monday morning, a memorial to Gladding was springing up on fences at the school.

Psychologists will be available throughout the week for students and staff, the district said.

The CHP said the truck should have a shattered right-side passenger window, missing right-side mirror, and is possibly missing the front GMC grille emblem. It may also have front-end damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP communication center at 559-262-0400 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee
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