Funeral arrangements set for Elder HS long-time teacher killed in hit-and-run

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Elder High School teacher struck by a hit-and-run driver Dec. 9 is dead.

Mark Klusman taught at Elder for 50 years.

Kayla Wilson, 23, was charged with aggravated vehicular assault. According to police, Wilson was speeding and driving under the influence of marijuana when she hit Klusman.

School officials said he'll be remembered for his unwavering support of his students, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Principal Kurt Ruffing said Klusman's favorite saying was "Make a great day."

"He was just so generous of a man, and just one of those people that didn't want the limelight. Just... he was in the background just doing whatever needed to be done," he said.

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New charges could be added upon Klusman's death.

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

Elder High School public relations officials released this statement Tuesday regarding Klusman's death:

Mark Klusman was a beloved educator, friend, and devoted member of the Elder High School and Price Hill communities. He was a graduate of the Elder class of 1961 and was in his 51st year of teaching at his alma mater.

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