New details have emerged in the accident that killed Treat Williams. (Image: Hallmark Media)

Friends, neighbors, and co-stars continue to pay tribute to the late actor Treat Williams, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Vermont on June 12.

New details are emerging about what happened during and immediately after the accident that took his life, including the fact that he was responsive and conscious when first responders arrived.


Barbara Niven shared a touching Instagram post featuring a photo of Williams and several other cast members from the series Chesapeake Shores.

“Treat lived large and savored every bit of life. He loved his craft and it was an honor to spend six years with him on Chesapeake Shores,” she wrote. “He truly was the patriarch of our family, both on and off the set. And he made it so much fun. He would suddenly break into a song from Grease or Hair as we were rehearsing a scene, and came in with horrible dad jokes every day to make the crew laugh. What an actor he was. I think he was this generation’s Spencer Tracy.”

“Thanks for always having my back, bud,” wrote Andrew Francis in a post on Instagram.

Memorial service

A memorial service was held for the actor on June 19 in Vermont, where he lived with his wife of 35 years, Pam Van Sant. According to US Weekly, friends and family, including his adult children Gill, 31, and Ellie, 25, gathered in an intimate ceremony. Williams was buried on June 20.

According to reports from the Vermont State Police, Williams was critically injured when a motorcycle he was driving collided with a car at 4:53 p.m. on June 12 in the town of Dorset. Williams and his wife, Pam Van Sant, have a farm about seven miles from the small town.

Williams was airlifted to the Albany Medical Center in New York where he later died from his injuries.

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New details

According to a witness, Williams was alert and responding to questions immediately after the accident.

Local business owner Matt Rapphahn told reporters he saw the accident and called 911. When responders arrived, Williams was conscious.

“He was responsive to questions,” Rapphahn said. “I had my hopes pretty high that he was going to pull through.”

Police said a local man driving an SUV was turning left into an auto shop and crossed into the path of Williams, who was on his motorcycle. Williams was wearing a helmet. The driver of the SUV was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the police.

Community in mourning

Members of the community where Williams and his wife live had kind words to say about the star.

“As a community, everybody is in shock. Even if they didn’t know him, they knew of Treat,” said Greg Cutler, the vice chair of the Manchester select board.

“He was just very easy to talk to,” Rapphahn said. “He was just like another guy, you know, and every experience I had with him was great. Just talk about movies, cars, motorcycles, music.”

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