Bond increased, but charges stay the same for woman accused of striking, killing Elder teacher

CINCINNATI — Bond was increased Friday for the woman suspected in the hit-and-run that killed Elder High School teacher Mark Klusman. Her charges, however, have not changed.

Kayla Wilson is charged with aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault and failing to stop after a crash in connection to the crash that injured and eventually killed Klusman. Police said Wilson was high on marijuana at the time of the crash.

Wilson was indicted before Klusman’s death, but her charges could change in light of his death.

Klusman died Tuesday after being struck on Warsaw Avenue Dec. 9, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.

Wilson, 23, was arrested on Dec. 12 and a grand jury indicted her Dec. 20.

At her arraignment Friday, Wilson’s attorney Clyde Bennett failed to show up for court, according to the judge. Wilson is now represented by a public defender. Wilson was given a $1 million bond.

Klusman, 74, was in his 51st year of teaching at Elder after graduating in 1961 and was an avid runner, coach, photographer and community volunteer. He was fatally injured while working with students on a Saturday to clean up streets in East Price Hill.

Warsaw Avenue is one of Cincinnati’s worst spots for pedestrians, according to a WCPO review of traffic crash records last year. Although the most-dangerous stretch didn’t include the block where Klusman was injured, a man was killed last month in that area just to the west: Well-known East Price Hill business owner Federico Ventura died when he, too, was struck by a hit-and-run driver near a Kroger store.

A service for Klusman will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 3 at St. Monica – St. George Parish. His visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 3 at Elder High School’s Schaeper Center. 

Web Editors Marais Jacon-Duffy and Greg Noble contributed to this report.

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