Aiken hosting fundraiser for students' mom struck and killed by car

AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - The Aiken New Tech High School community is hosting a basketball game at 2 p.m. Saturday to benefit the family of two Aiken senior basketball players whose mother was killed Jan. 16 by a motorist.

The game will feature faculty and alumni. Proceeds will help defray funeral expenses.

The game is at the school, 5641 Belmont Ave., Avondale. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Police have said Monisa Barnes, 43, and a 12-year-old girl were walking on the sidewalk in the 3800 block of Vine Street in Avondale when an out-of-control vehicle struck them. The incident happened around 3 p.m. Jan. 16.

Barnes died the following day. The girl suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police said Ryan Culver, 23, of Erlanger, was westbound on Glenwood Street when he disregarded a traffic light and continued through the intersection of Vine Street. Culver's Pontiac Grand Am left the road and hit the two pedestrians who were on a sidewalk.

Police said Culver was under the influence of heroin. Covington Police arrested him on Jan. 25. He is being held at the Kenton County Detention Center.

In Hamilton County, Culver faces one count of vehicular assault and one count of aggravated vehicular assault.

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