Crosswalk renamed for toddler, street for Elder teacher hit, killed by vehicles

Crosswalk renamed for toddler, street for Elder teacher hit, killed by vehicles
Khloe Pitts (Photo: Provided by family)
Khloe Pitts (Photo: Provided by family)
Mark Klusman (Provided by Elder High School)
Mark Klusman (Provided by Elder High School)

AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - Two pedestrians hit and killed by vehicles in Cincinnati are being honored.

The south crosswalk across Vine Street at the intersection of Erkenbrecker Avenue in Avondale will now be known as "Khloe's Krossing" for Khloe Pitts.

The 3-year-old was hit by an SUV as she crossed the street while holding her parents' hands the evening of Nov. 26, 2016. The family was heading home from the Cincinnati Zoo's Festival of Lights.

She died from her injuries two months later.

Vincent Avenue in Price Hill is being renamed for Mark Klusman, 74, in recognition of his lifetime of commitment and contributions to the city and Elder High School, where he taught and was a mentor for 51 years.

Klusman was hit by a vehicle as he helped with a neighborhood cleanup along Warsaw Avenue in East Price Hill the morning of Dec. 9.

He died from his injuries just over two weeks later, on Dec. 26.

The renaming honors are a way for the city to remind both drivers and pedestrians to know and observe road and traffic regulations.

The drivers who struck both Khloe and Klusman each fled the scene, but were later arrested and charged.

Donteiz Dickey, 23, was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty in Khloe's death to charges including aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and failure to stop after a crash.

Kayla Wilson, also 23, is scheduled to go on trial March 27 for Klusman's death. She has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, failure to stop after an accident and tampering with evidence.

Wilson is held in lieu of $1 million bond at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

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