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Unlicensed driver arrested in hit-and-run death of the popular educator, the authorities say

Rogelio Alvarez, 18, was expected to face the charges of driving without a driver’s license, felony vehicle homicide and crime, hit-and-run, authorities say.

(California Highway Patrol, Fresno)

A non-licensed California driver was arrested Friday for allegedly driving off after striking and killing a popular educator, authorities said.

Rogelio Alvarez, 18, turned himself in to the California Highway Patrol in the hit-and-run crash that killed Gavin Gladding, 43, a teacher with the Clovis Unified School District, the Fresno Bee reported.

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The suspect could face charges of driving without a driver’s license, felony vehicle homicide and crime, hit-and-run, authorities said.

Authorities believe Alvarez was driving his father’s 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck with a passenger in about 6 hours on Sunday. At a certain moment, he swerved off the road and reportedly struck Gladding, who ran along the side of the road in preparation for a marathon.

“Due to the time frame of the time of the traffic collision, to give him into custody, a blood-alcohol test was not possible,” Sgt. Dave Salcito told reporters during a press conference Friday night.

The authorities should consider charging the passenger, Fresno’s FOX26 reported.

The authorities received an anonymous tip of where Alvarez vehicle was located. A reward grew to $23,000 and Friday.

It was not immediately known if the tipster is eligible for the reward.

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