Salem teacher killed in car accident remembered as ‘extremely valued’


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Students, faculty and staff in the Salem City School District are mourning the loss of a teacher junior high and high school teacher.

Kera Lemasters-Leskovec died in a head-on collision in Lexington Township on State Route 183 and Price Street NE around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, she was heading to school.

“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Mrs. Kera Leskovec, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident on her way to work this morning,” the school district said in a statement posted to Facebook. “Kera was an extremely valued Jr/Sr High teacher and individual that will be greatly missed by her colleagues and students alike.”

Kera’s sudden passing serves as a double blow to her family and the friends who knew her. Her husband Kevin passed away in August, due to complications of Covid-19. Kevin died months after their daughter was born.

“I find it hard to even fathom the grief and despair that her family is confronted with,” the school wrote.

The report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Kera was a resident of Atwater. She had just dropped her daughter off at her mother’s home before heading to work.

Kera had been teaching in the Salem City School District since 2015.

A GoFundMe page has been setup for the family.