The SUV driver accused in the June motorcycle accident that claimed the life of Connecticut actor Treat Williams has pleaded not guilty, according to a report by Associated Press.
In August, the Vermont State Police charged 35-year-old Ryan Koss with grossly negligent operation with a death resulting. He was released after processing and was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
According to AP, Koss could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of this charge.
The State Police reported that Williams, primarily known for his leading role in the television series "Everwood", collided with an SUV driven by Koss that was turning left into a parking lot. The accident occurred around 5 p.m. on June 12th in the city of Dorset, Vermont.
According to the State Police, Williams was riding a 1986 Honda VT700c motorcycle northbound on Route 30. Koss, who was driving a 2008 Honda Element, stopped and signaled a left turn into a parking lot, as reported by the State Police. The vehicle then crossed into the path of the motorcycle, the State Police said.
"Mr. Williams suffered critical injuries in the accident" and was pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center in New York, the State Police reported.
The New York Medical Examiner's Office determined that Williams died from "severe trauma and blood loss as a result of the accident," according to the Vermont State Police.
Koss issued a statement after his arrest stating that he had known Williams for years and considered him a friend, as reported by AP. Koss worked as the creative managing director of the Dorset Theatre Festival. He offered his "sincerest condolences" to Williams' family but claimed he had not committed any crime and called the accusation "unjustified."
Williams was born in Stamford and grew up in Rowayton. In addition to his role in the series "Everwood," where he played a widowed surgeon who moves to a town in Colorado, he was also known for his role as George Berger in the film "Hair."
At the time of his death, Williams resided in Manchester Center, Vermont, according to the State Police.
Originally posted at Abogados de Accidentes