Suit set­tled in death of Star Trek ac­tor An­ton Yelchin

Khaleej Times - City Times - - SKYFULL OF STARS -

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.

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