Dorset man charged with grossly negligent operation after fatal crash

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DORSET — Ryan Koss, 35, of Dorset, is facing charges of grossly negligent operation resulting in death, following a vehicle crash that occurred on June 12, which claimed the life of Richard Treat Williams, 71, of Manchester Center.

The fatal accident happened around 4:53 p.m. on Vermont Route 30 near Morse Hill Road in Dorset.

According to Vermont State Police, Koss, who was driving a 2008 Honda Element SUV, turned into the path of Williams’ motorcycle, resulting in a collision.

Williams, who was riding a 1986 Honda VT700c, sustained critical injuries and later died at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York.

The New York Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Williams died of severe trauma and blood loss resulting from the crash. Koss, who was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, suffered minor injuries.

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, the Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage’s office requested the Vermont State Police to issue a citation to Koss.

He voluntarily met with troopers at the Shaftsbury Barracks, where he was processed on the charge and released.

Koss is due to appear for arraignment at 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2023, in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Bennington.

The affidavit of probable cause will be filed with the court and made public following Koss’ arraignment.

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