The driver involved in the fatal crash that killed actor Treat Williams pled not guilty to the charge during his Monday arraignment at the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Bennington, according to the Associated Press. Ryan Koss, the Vermont driver, was charged with gross negligent operation with death resulting in connection to the June crash. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Last month, the Vermont State Police confirmed that the Medical Examiner’s Office in New York determined that the Williams “died of severe trauma and blood loss as a result of the crash” on June 12 at age 71.
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The man driving the vehicle that hit Williams’ motorcycle was issued “a citation on a charge of grossly negligent operation with death,” according to state authorities. The Associated Press reported that a police investigation concluded that a vehicle pulled in front of Williams, who was on a motorcycle, and that he was unable to avoid the collision.
“It is with great sadness that we report that our beloved Treat Williams has passed away tonight in Dorset, Vermont, after a fatal motorcycle accident. As you can imagine, we are shocked and greatly bereaved at this time,” his family said in a previous statement to Rolling Stone. “Treat was full of love for his family, for his life and for his craft, and was truly at the top of his game in all of it.”
Following news of his death, actors Mark Hamill, Wendell Pierce, and more shared tributes to Williams. Hamill, who worked with him in The Empire Strikes Back, shared a photo of the pair together on set. “Such a wonderful person… such a gifted actor… such a treasured friend,” he wrote.
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