Suit settled in death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin
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. The confidential settlement agreement between Victor and Irina Yelchin and Fiat Chrysler was filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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 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.
“Anton Yelchin was crushed and lingered alive for some time, trapped and suffocating until his death,” the lawsuit stated.
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.
The wrongful death and product liability lawsuit alleged that those gear selectors were the cause of the actor’s death. “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.
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.