County employee in fatal crash, put on leave

Man, 84, killed in Champion

WARREN — An employee of the Trumbull County Combined Health District is on paid administrative leave after striking a man and killing him as he backed out of a parking space in a county car while on the job, according to county officials and a police report.

Roosevelt Abraham George Jr., 84, of Orwell, was struck just after noon Oct. 11 in the parking lot of Speedway, 4504 Mahoning Ave. in Champion. He died Oct. 30 from his injuries at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

Steven Kramer of Hiram has worked for the health district for more than 10 years and earns about $27 an hour as a “sanitarian 2,” according to Frank Migliozzi, county health commissioner.

He was working when the accident happened, Migliozzi said.

Drug and alcohol tests show Kramer was not under the influence of anything at the time of the incident, Migliozzi said.

Kramer has not been disciplined in the past. Because Kramer is charged with a misdemeanor, not a felony, Ohio law dictates he be placed on paid leave, Migliozzi said.

Kramer pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide Nov. 16 in Warren Municipal Court. He is free on a personal bond and scheduled to appear Jan. 4 for a hearing.

According to his obituary in The Exponent Telegram, George served on the USS Coral Sea in the Navy and earned a degree in journalism. He taught English in Ashtabula County schools, retiring from Grand Valley High School. His survivors included numerous nieces, nephews and friends.