Dedicated in Memory of Gavin Gladding
This page is dedicated to Gavin Gladding and the cause of justice. Gavin was beloved by his family and friends. He was a loving and dedicated family man torn away from their lives forever. Gavin was a devoted educator, champion of the environment, and a decent man who was full of energy and life. He is missed by the students and staff of Fort Washington Elementary School, and colleagues with the Clovis Unified School District. The colors of this webpage are the colors of Ft. Washington where Gavin served as Vice Principal.
Hit & Run
On September 16th he was tragically taken from us by Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla who hit Gavin on Friant Road in Fresno, California. Maravilla, who hit Gavin fled the scene while he laid on the side of the road dying from the injuries. Maravilla only turned himself in when law enforcement authorities were about to arrest him six days later.
Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla who hit Gavin, fled the scene, was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. We believe the punishment does not fit the crime and have urged the California legislature to close the loophole.
Assembly Bill 582 - Assemblyman Jim Patterson
Assembly Member Jim Patterson has introduced A.B. 582 (Gavin's Law) to increase the criminal penalties for leaving the scene of an accident. Fellow Valley legislators, Assembly Members Adam Gray and Joaquin Arambula have graciously co-sponsored this important legislation in addition to Assembly Members Tom Lackey and James Gallagher.
Make your Voice Heard and Sign the Petition
Gavin Gladding was a husband, father and friend. He was a bright light in our community that was extinguished.
Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla who killed Gavin will likely only serve a few months in prison for his crime because of a loophole in California law.
This loophole actually benefits drunk drivers who flee the scene of an accident to avoid DUI charges. Sign the petition and join our efforts to pass "Gavin's Law" to close this loophole and hold these drivers accountable.