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Bond set at $1M for woman accused of killing Elder teacher in hit-and-run

A local woman accused in the hit-and-run that killed a popular Elder High School teacher was in court Friday morning. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – The woman charged in the hit and run accident that killed an Elder High School teacher had her bond set at $1 million on Friday.

Kayla Wilson is charged with causing the death of Mark Klusman.

A Snoopy tie is something that the Elder High School Community will think of when they remember Klusman. His nephew Matt says they’re overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for a man who spent his life teaching and mentoring.

“Uncle Mark always said when it lost its fun factor he’d retire. He wasn’t retired after 51 years. That’s because he loved what he did and he loved the people he worked with and all the students and the community.”

Matt said his Uncle wouldn’t have judged the 23-year-old woman charged with causing his death.

Kayla Wilson appeared in a video arraignment today for leaving the scene of an accident and two charges of aggravated vehicular assault.

Wilson will also now have a public defender as her lawyer, Clyde Bennett, failed to show up for court twice and isn’t answering calls.

On Dec. 3, police say she was high on marijuana and driving more than 50 miles an hour down Warsaw Avenue when she lost control of her car.

An attorney talking on her behalf said: “She’s a high school graduate, all her ties are in the greater Cincinnati area, based on the pre-trial she does not have a history of violence nor a history of reckless operation.”

Despite her lack of a criminal background. The judge set a very high bond taking into account she was under two driver’s license suspensions when she hit Mr. Klusman.

Wilson is in jail and the Klusman family is preparing for a funeral. Matt said his Uncle is one of the most Christian men you’d meet.

“An icon of western hills. Such a loss to lose him. There’s no one memory. millions of memories will go on forever. I guess the one thing you can’t forget is the hair and the beard and that’s just classic.”

Klusman was 74 years old and giving back in a neighborhood clean-up when he was hit. His family says he died doing what he loved.

Klusman’s funeral is Wednesday, Jan. 3 at St. Monica-St. George Parish in Clifton Heights. It is open to the public. The family is asking for no flower donations, but to donate to a scholarship fund set up in Klusman’s name at Elder High School instead.

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