The driver involved in a collision that killed Treat Williams in June was cited for “grossly negligent operation with death” Tuesday as the “Everwood” actor’s cause of death was revealed by Vermont police.
Williams, 71, was driving a motorcycle on Vermont Route 30 in Dorset when Ryan Koss, 35, turned into his path, causing the actor to strike his SUV and be tossed off his bike, according to a police report.
Koss was attempting to turn left into a parking lot in his 2008 Honda Element when he crossed directly in front of the Hollywood star driving a 1986 Honda VT700c motorcycle.
“Williams was unable to avoid a collision and was thrown from his motorcycle,” Vermont State Police said in the report.
Williams, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in New York, but could not be saved.
The New York Medical Examiner determined that the actor’s cause of death was severe trauma and blood loss as a result of the crash, Vermont State Police said.
Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage requested Vermont State Police issue the citation against Koss, of Dorset, on Tuesday.
Police contacted Koss and he voluntarily met troopers at the Shaftsbury Barracks, where was processed on the charge, photographed and released.
Koss — who was not injured in the crash — is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 25.
Williams first became known for playing the part of George Berger in the 1979 film “Hair” and was nominated for a Gold Globe award for the performance.
He also received two Sag Award nominations for his role as Dr. Andrew Brown in the WB television series “Everwood.”
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