Well known Clovis Unified administrator Gavin Gladding was killed in a hit and run accident on Sunday.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed that around 6 a.m., they got a 911 call of a truck versus pedestrian crash on Friant Road and Old Friant Road just west of Willow Avenue.

The CHP reported a black 2000-2006 GMC Sierra pickup, possibly single cab, was driving westbound on Friant Road, just west of Willow Avenue, at an unknown speed.

Gladding was jogging on the north shoulder of westbound Friant Road in a westerly direction. The GMC pickup swerved off the road and onto the shoulder, colliding with Gladding.

There he suffered major, life-threatening injuries.

He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center where he later died. After the crash, the GMC pickup fled the scene, driving westbound on Friant Road.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.  

Clovis Unified 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