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FRESNO: Gavin Gladding Killed In Car Accident With Hit-And-Run Driver; 18-Year-Old Suspect Apprehended

Oct 8, 2018

Beloved Vice Principal of Fort Washington Elementary School  Gavin Gladding Killed In Hit-And-Run Accident; Please Support The Family Of The Victim By Donating To Their Go Fund Me Page

 FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (October 6, 2018) The Vice  Principal of Fort Washington Elementary School identified as Gavin Gladding has tragically died in a hit-and-run car accident.

There was an outpouring of grief at  Fort Washington Elementary School as students and faculty left flowers and notes at the front of the school. California Highway Patrol were able to track down the hit-and-run driver believed to be responsible.

Gavin Gladding was jogging by North Friant Road by Old Friant Road when he was hit by the suspect. He was training for a triathlon when the car accident took place.

An 18-year-old identified as Rogelio Alvarez-Maravilla as the suspect in the hit and run collision. He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and faces 4 years behind bars.

Kids at the school say that Gavin Gladding was their role model and known for being kind and honest. An investigation into the pedestrian accident remains ongoing.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help the family of the victim.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the Centers For Disease Control, 5,367 people were killed in 2015 in pedestrian accidents. That’s nearly one person dying every 1.6 hours. Another 129,000 pedestrians are sent to emergency rooms after crashes. Nearly half of all pedestrian accidents involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. Generally speaking, most pedestrian accidents happen at night. This is also the time when drivers are more likely to be intoxicated. Victims of pedestrian accidents or their family may have the ability to file a claim for damages.

Liability In Pedestrian Accidents

Drivers are supposed to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner in order to avoid accidents. A driver is negligent when their behavior deviates from that of a reasonable person and this leads to an injury. Most pedestrian accidents occur either when the driver is distracted or under the influence. But driver negligence isn’t the only factor that may lead to a crash. For example, a dangerous condition  on the roadway may very well contribute to a pedestrian collision.

When a road or intersection is in a dangerous condition  this could cause an accident and impose civil liability on the city that was supposed to keep up the road. If there is a history of accidents at a particular location this puts the city on notice that there is a problem. An intersection or road may be dangerous for a number of reasons. These may include:  

  • A lack of stop signs.

  • A lack of street lights.

  • Poor road design.

  • Foliage blocking visibility at an intersection.

  • Insufficiently wide road shoulders.

Those who are involved in pedestrian accidents are often left with traumatic injuries and in many cases die. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney can evaluate the facts of your case  and let you know what your rights are. Victims may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Getting Help From A Pedestrian Accident Attorney

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Gavin Gladding as they are going through such a difficult time. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Fresno Police Department. We also encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page set up for the family. It is obvious that Gavin Gladding was well loved by his students and those that knew him. An exceptional man was taken from his school and his family.

If you or someone that you care about has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. The president of our firm is an experienced Harvard educated litigator and former federal prosecutor. We know how to get justice for our clients and we’re focused exclusively on personal injury law. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel for your particular situation we are here to help (888) 888-9285.


  1. Christina Fan. Clovis Unified mourns loss of beloved vice principal killed in hit-and-run accident. September 17, 2018

  2. Go Fund Me. The Gavin Gladding Family Fund. September 16, 2018

  3. Lewis Griswold. Teen Driver In Hit-And-Run Death of Clovis Unified Administrator Charged With Felony. October 4, 2018

  4. FindLaw. Fault and Liability for Car Accidents. 2018.

  5. CDC. Pedestrian Safety. 2015

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