So far, three individuals have been taken into police custody for their roles related to the Sept. 16 hit-and-run death of a well-respected elementary school administrator who worked for the Clovis Unified School District. Investigators with the California Highway Patrol say the man was struck and killed while taking a jog near Fraint Road in Fresno that day.
Highway patrol officers took the 18-year-old male believed to have caused the crash into custody soon after the incident occurred. He's since been charged with manslaughter and felony hit-and-run offenses.
A spokesperson for the CHP announced on Oct. 10 that they had also arrested a young woman in connection with the incident. They allege that she was in the defendant's truck when he struck the school administrator.
Additionally, police also arrested a 23-year-old man who stands accused of having replaced the windshield and making other repairs to the vehicle after the crash. After being questioned by police, he reportedly admitted to knowing that the vehicle had previously been involved in an accident.
After their arrest, the two most recently apprehended defendants were booked into the Fresno County Jail on destruction of evidence and accessory to a crime charges. Both were later bonded out of jail. The 18-year-old motorist who is alleged to have caused the fatal crash remains incarcerated. He's next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 24.
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