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

A judge set 23-year-old Kayla Wilson’s bond at $1 million. She’s charged in the hit-and-run that killed Mark Klusman.

Klusman died Dec. 26, a few weeks after police say Wilson hit him while he was volunteering in a cleanup on Warsaw Avenue in East Price Hill.

Wilson was arrested three days after the incident and faces two charges of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of failing to stop after a crash. However, after Klusman’s death, those charges will likely be upgraded after a grand jury meets.

The judge set Wilson’s bond very high to take into account she was driving under two driver’s license suspensions at the time of the crash.

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.

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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