Ryan Koss, a Vermont driver, pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge related to the June crash that resulted in the death of actor Treat Williams. The 35-year-old could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of gross negligent operation with death resulting. Vermont State Police concluded their investigation into the June 12 crash in Dorset, stating that a vehicle pulled in front of Williams, who was riding a motorcycle and unable to avoid a collision. Driving a Honda SUV, Koss was turning left into a parking lot when the collision occurred. Williams, 71, was pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center in New York.
Treat Williams had a nearly 50-year career, with notable roles in the TV series “Everwood” and the movie “Hair.” He appeared in over 120 TV and film roles, including movies such as “The Eagle Has Landed,” “Prince of the City,” and “Once Upon a Time in America.” Ryan Koss, the managing creative director of the Dorset Theatre Festival, expressed his friendship with Williams and offered his condolences to the family. However, he denied any wrongdoing and stated that charges were unwarranted.