Treat Williams fatal crash driver pleads guilty, gets license suspended and deferred sentence

A Vermont man has pleaded guilty in Bennington, Vermont, to a reduced charge in June 12, 2023 crash that killed actor Treat Williams.

The man identified as Ryan Koss, 35, agreed to a plea of negligent driving with death resulting. He was given a one-year deferred sentence and will have his driving license revoked for a year. He has also been ordered to complete a community restorative justice program on the misdemeanor charge.


Koss, who knew Williams, was turning left into a parking lot in a Honda SUV on June 12. He failed to see Williams’ oncoming motorcycle, resulting in a collision.

The 71-year-old actor was injured critical, despite of wearing a helmet, and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Post the crash, Koss had called Williams’ wife to inform her regarding the accident. Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage said Koss from the start has taken the responsibility for what happened.