Proposed New Law to Extend Maximum Prison Sentences for Deadly Hit-and-run Crashes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2020) — A proposed law, which aims to extend maximum prison sentences for hit-and-run drivers, has been approved in the State Assembly.
The landslide vote of 66 to 3 came on Monday and now the bill will move to the State Senate. The new law, if approved, would extend maximum prison sentences for hit-and-run drivers who cause a fatality, from the current four years to six years.
The law is intended as a disincentive to drivers who consider fleeing the scene of the fatal collision.
The bill honors the memory of Clovis Unified educator Gavin Gladding, 43. The popular vice principal at Fort Washington Elementary School, died in a hit-and-run collision back in September of 2018 while he was out jogging. The unlicensed driver who caused the crash, Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla, 18, was sentenced to three years in prison after he plead no contest to misdemeanor charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving without a license and destroying evidence. His girlfriend, Fernanda Lopez, 18, a passenger in the pickup who destroyed evidence, was given 210 days in prison, probation and was ordered to pay half the cost of the funeral.
Gavin’s widow, Susan Gladding, who has two young children, stated that the bill is helping her family cope with Gavin’s loss and ensuring his legacy of being a good person and doing the right thing continues.
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