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Elder High School community mourns after teacher dies weeks after hit-and-run

The Elder High School community is mourning Wednesday after a beloved teacher died weeks after a hit-and-run. (Elder HS)

WEST PRICE HILL, Ohio (WKRC) - The Elder High School community is mourning Wednesday after a beloved teacher died weeks after a hit-and-run.

Mark Klusman was hit on Dec. 9 while volunteering to clean up Warsaw Avenue in East Price Hill.

Klusman died on Tuesday. The news of his death was confirmed by the Hamilton County coroner Wednesday morning.

An emotional Elder Principal Kurt Ruffing remembered Klusman saying, "I, and I'm sure many other people, would say 'have a great day' and he'd say, 'no, make a great day.' That's just fitting for Mark. His life was to make good life for everybody else. He was never worried about himself."

Klusman graduated from Elder in 1961 and began teaching there in 1966. He was in his 51st year of teaching, and his former students said he set an excellent example for them to follow.

Klusman was a huge part of the school for decades, and now there is sadness in the Elder family. A small memorial is set up at the school in Klusman's honor. You can see flowers and candles at the front gate of the school.

At the time of the accident, Klusman was getting a leaf blower out of a pickup truck when he was hit.

Kayla Wilson, 23, was arrested three days after the incident and faces charges of aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, and failing to stop after a crash. However, after Klusman's death, those charges will likely be upgraded.

Police say Wilson was speeding and under the influence of marijuana when she hit Klusman.

The coroner's office has not released his cause of death.

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