Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin, 27, dead after accident on his driveway
SUV that rolled, killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was under recall
The actor was killed at age 27 when his 2015 Cherokee rolled backward down a driveway of his Los Angeles home, pinning him between a mailbox and a security fence. Class-action lawsuit against Jeep manufacturer triggered by Anton Yelchin death
Anton Yelchin’s parents sue Fiat Chrysler over crash that killed Star Trek actor
1 million more FCA vehicles investigated for rollaway issues
The wrongful death and product liability lawsuit alleged that those gear selectors were the cause of the actor’s death. “Anton Yelchin was crushed and lingered alive for some time, trapped and suffocating until his death,” the lawsuit stated. “In spite of our unbelievable grief, we decided to come here to prevent other families from the same tragedy,” Victor Yelchin said when the lawsuit was filed. Fiat Chrysler said in a statement Thursday that it is “pleased that we’ve reached an amicable resolution in this matter” and that the car company continues to “extend our deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss.”
Messages left for Yelchin family attorney Gary Dordick were not immediately returned. The confidential settlement agreement between Victor and Irina Yelchin and Fiat Chrysler was filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court. A performer since childhood, Yelchin (left) is perhaps best known for appearing in the rebooted Star Trek film franchise alongside (from second left) Chis Pine, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and Zoe Saldana. © The Associated Press, 2018 The parents of Anton Yelchin have reached a settlement with the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the SUV that crushed and killed the Star Trek actor in his driveway in 2016. (Paramount Pictures/Industrial Light & Magic/Associated Press)
The Cherokee model was among 1.1 million vehicles recalled about two months earlier when regulators said its gear shifters were confusing drivers, causing the SUVs to roll away unexpectedly and leading to dozens of injuries. Anton Yelchin had dozens of film and television credits that included voices for the Smurfs movies and the Netflix TV show Trollhunters, but is probably best known as Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movie franchise.