On Tuesday, Vermont police revealed the cause of death of veteran actor Treat Williams, who lost his life in a tragic collision in June. The 71-year-old "Everwood" star was killed on Vermont Route 30 in Dorset when Ryan Koss, 35, turned his 2008 Honda Element into Williams' path.
This led Williams to crash his 1986 Honda VT700c motorcycle into the SUV, resulting in fatal injuries. According to a detailed police report, Koss was attempting to make a left turn into a parking lot when he crossed directly in front of the Hollywood icon.
Williams, despite his efforts, was unable to avoid the collision and was thrown from his motorcycle. Vermont State Police noted in the report that the actor was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Fatal Injuries Claim Williams' Life
Following the tragic incident, Williams was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in New York, where doctors fought to save his life.
Sadly, the injuries sustained in the crash proved fatal. The New York Medical Examiner determined that Williams' death resulted from severe trauma and blood loss caused by the collision. The State’s Attorney of Bennington County, Erica Marthage, directed the Vermont State Police to issue a citation against Koss, a resident of Dorset, for "grossly negligent operation with death." Koss voluntarily complied with the police's request and met with troopers at the Shaftsbury Barracks, where he was processed on the charge, photographed, and subsequently released.
Remarkably, Koss did not suffer any injuries in the crash that claimed Williams' life. He is scheduled to be arraigned on September 25. Treat Williams' illustrious career in the entertainment industry spanned several decades.
He first rose to fame for his portrayal of George Berger in the 1979 film "Hair," earning a Golden Globe nomination for the role. Williams also garnered recognition and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his portrayal of Dr.
Andrew Brown in the WB television series "Everwood." The accident that ended Williams' life has left a void in the hearts of fans and colleagues alike. The legal proceedings against Koss will undoubtedly be closely followed, as the public seeks justice for the beloved actor's untimely demise.
The tragedy serves as a somber reminder of the importance of vigilant and responsible driving on the road, where a momentary lapse in judgment can lead to irreversible consequences.