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Jeep that killed 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin was flagged for safety problems

'Star Trek' actor dies in freak accident

The Jeep SUV that crushed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin this weekend had been flagged by the automaker for a problem that could cause the vehicle to roll away.

Yelchin's Jeep rolled down his driveway and pinned him to a brick post in front of his Los Angeles home, according to law enforcement.

Los Angeles police said Monday, "The investigation is ongoing so we have not made any final determination as to the cause of the accident."

Fiat Chrysler ( FCAM ) filed a recall notice in April with federal safety regulators for the 2015 Grand Cherokee, the model Yelchin owned, along with 1.1 million cars and SUVs in April. More than 100 crashes have been reported due to a gear selector problem that caused confusion about whether the car was in park.

Related: Gear shift confusion causes Chrysler recall

Car owners haven't gotten an official recall notice yet, but they did receive a notice warning about the problem in May. It advised drivers to double check that the car is in park, and that the parking brake is on before exiting. Fiat Chrysler has to wait for replacement parts to become available before it can start repairs, according to its filing with safety regulators. At that point it will send a recall notice telling owners to bring the car in for free repairs.

Fiat Chrysler said it it will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident that killed Yelchin, but that it is too soon to say whether the gear problem was cause at the accident.

"FCA extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin," said the company.

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The cars identified in April have a gear selector that makes it hard to tell what gear the vehicle is in.

Unlike most gear selectors, which are in forward or back positions depending on whether the car is in park, reverse, neutral or drive, these cars' gear selectors always return to the upright position after a driver changes gear. If a driver gets out of a car when it's in neutral, the vehicle could roll away .

Related: New cars still being built with flawed Takata airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said there have been 117 crashes allegedly associated with the problem. Of those, 28 reportedly caused injuries, including a fractured pelvis a ruptured bladder and broken ribs. But current filings show no fatalities had been tied to the problem.

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To remedy the problem, Chrysler plans to change how the gear works and to enhance the warnings a driver gets if they exit the car when it's not in park. The changes are designed to automatically prevent the vehicle from moving under certain circumstances, even if the driver doesn't select "park."

The vehicles set to be recalled are model-year 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, as well as model-year 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Later versions of these cars and SUVs have a different type of gear selector that apparently isn't as confusing. Fiat Chrysler said it changed the design of the gear selector in part because of this problem.

-- Peter Valdes-Dapena, Steve Visser and Carma Hassan contributed to this report

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Suit settled in death of Anton Yelchin, actor crushed by SUV

Victor Yelchin and Irina Yelchin, parents of "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin, have reached a confidential settlement agreement with Fiat Chrysler over the death of their son in 2016.

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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 County 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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Anton Yelchin Died Just One Minute After His Car Accident, According To Coroner

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This weekend, Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, 27, was tragically killed when his car rolled down his driveway, pinning him to a brick pillar and security fence. He was found dead at his home by friends at 1 A.M. on Sunday morning. The Los Angeles County coroner's office ruled on Tuesday the official cause of his death was accidental blunt traumatic asphyxia (meaning pressure on his chest caused a lack of oxygen to his brain). And new information from the coroner—obtained by * Entertainment Tonight —*says that Yelchin died just one minute after the accident happened.

Though ruled an accident, the Los Angeles Police Department are still investigating the incident. Why: The car that killed Yelchin was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Fiat Chrysler had recalled that model —along with several other models for a total of 1.1 million cars—in April after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that an unusual gear shift caused rollaway accidents. Unlike a traditional car, the model's gear shift doesn't move. Instead, a light changes to show if the car has been put in "P" or "D." It's confusing, and many drivers began exiting their cars without switching the vehicle securely to park. Chrysler reported 41 known injuries caused by the gear shift before the recall.

It's a terrible, sudden loss, and our thoughts are with Yelchin's family and friends.

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Jeep that rolled, killed Anton Yelchin was under recall

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LOS ANGELES -- The SUV that rolled down a driveway and killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled, government records show.

Yelchin, died on Sunday after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a mailbox pillar and security fence at his home in the 3800 block of Berry Drive in Studio City, Los Angeles police said.

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The 27-year-old was a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted series.

The 2015 model-year Grand Cherokees were part of a global recall of 1.1 million vehicles announced by Fiat Chrysler in April, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records show.

NHSA urged the recall, which involved the gear shifters. Drivers complained they had trouble telling if they had put the automatic transmissions in park. If they were not in park and a driver left the car, it could roll away.

The agency launched a probe into this issue in August 2015 after receiving 14 such complaints.

Fiat Chrysler, which makes Jeeps, said in a statement Monday that it was investigating the crash and offered sympathies to Yelchin's friends and family.

"FCA US extends its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin. The Company is in contact with the authorities and is conducting a thorough investigation. It is premature to speculate on the cause of this tragedy," the statement read.

As of April, Chrysler had identified approximately 700 complaints, including 212 crashes, 308 claims of property damage and 41 injuries.

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Investigators were looking into the position of Yelchin's gear shift at the time of the accident, authorities said.

The actor had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police didn't say why he was behind it when it started rolling.

Yelchin's friends found him after he failed to show up for an audition early Sunday.

Following an autopsy, coroner's officials ruled Yelchin's death an accident and said the cause of death was blunt traumatic asphyxia. The results of any toxicology tests would not be known for months, coroner spokesman Ed Winter said.

Yelchin's death tragically cut short the promising career of an actor whom audiences were still getting to know. "Star Trek Beyond," the third film in the series, comes out in July.

Director J.J. Abrams, who cast Yelchin in the franchise, wrote in a statement that he was "brilliant ... kind ... funny as hell, and supremely talented."

Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia. His parents were professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when Yelchin was a baby. Yelchin's family requested privacy at this time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee That Killed Anton Yelchin Was Part of Safety Recall

The vehicle involved in a freak accident that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin on Sunday was part of a safety recall the government issued two months ago.

The 27-year-old, who was best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, was crushed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee in his driveway about 1 a.m, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Jane Kim told TIME. When he got out of his SUV, it rolled backward down a steep driveway and pinned him against a brick mailbox and a security fence, Kim said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in late April warned drivers of a defect in the model, involving its monostable gear selector. The electronic shifter, which has a button to change gears instead of requiring drivers to physically move a lever, could cause drivers to mistakenly believe their vehicle is in park, when it is actually in neutral or drive, the federal safety agency said.

“Drivers erroneously concluding that their vehicle’s transmission in the park position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged,” the NHTSA said in its safety recall report . Yelchin’s model of Jeep was part of the recall , according to the New York Times.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles affected in the recall were produced between July 16, 2012 and Dec. 22, 2015, according to the recall report. It’s unclear if Yelchin’s vehicle was made during that time frame, or whether it was produced later in 2015. Police are working to determine which gear his car was in during the accident and whether the vehicle’s engine was running when his body was found, Kim said.

Yelchin’s publicist did not immediately comment about the SUV or the recall.

Fiat Chrysler, which manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee, said in a statement that it is “in contact” with authorities and is “conducting a thorough investigation.” “It is premature to speculate on the cause of this tragedy,” said the statement, which also offered condolences to Yelchin’s friends and family.

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UPDATE: The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee actor Anton Yelchin was driving at the time of his fatal accident was under recall, The Associated Press  reports.  The SUV’s gear shifters reportedly confused drivers and caused vehicles to roll unexpectedly. 

On Monday, Jeep auto-maker Fiat Chrysler said in a statement that the company is investigating and that it’s premature to speculate on the crash cause. The 2015 Grand Cherokees were included in Fiat Chrysler’s global recall of 1.1 million vehicles announced in April. A Los Angeles coroner’s official has stated that Yelchin’s death has been ruled an accident. 

Anton Yelchin, the actor who portrayed Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek series and star of films like  Like Crazy  and Green Room , died early Sunday morning in a fatal traffic collision, his publicist confirmed to The Associated Press . Yelchin was 27.

According to TMZ , Yelchin was involved in a freak accident outside his San Fernando Valley, California home. After missing a rehearsal earlier in the night, concerned friends found Yelchin pinned between his car and a brick mailbox that was attached to the security gate. The car was on and in neutral when the actor was found in his driveway. TMZ adds that police do not suspect foul play.

“Oh, Anton. Such a dedicated, generous and hyper-smart young man. So grateful for the time we shared, destroyed he left so soon,” Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier tweeted  of the actor.

Born in Russia to professional figure skater parents, the Yelchin family emigrated to the United States when Anton was six months old. After making his acting debut at the age of nine, Yelchin appeared in films and television shows like ER , Curb Your Enthusiasm , House of D and Along Came a Spider while still in his early teens.

Yelchin’s breakout role came as the kidnapped younger brother in the 2006 film Alpha Dog , based on the true story of Jesse James Hollywood. Soon after, Yelchin nabbed prominent roles in films like Charlie Bartlett (in the title role), Like Crazy , the remake of Fright Night and Terminator: Salvation , playing the Kyle Reese role.

Yelchin was perhaps best known for portraying Pavel Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek in 2009 and Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. Yelchin reprised the role for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond , due out July 22nd.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The SUV that killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly.

Los Angeles police say Yelchin died when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway early Sunday. The SUV pinned the 27-year-old against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence.

Fiat Chrysler, which makes Jeeps, said in a statement Monday that it's investigating and it's premature to speculate on the cause of the crash. It offered sympathies to Yelchin's friends and family.

Most 2015 model year Grand Cherokees were part of a global recall of 1.1 million vehicles announced by Fiat Chrysler in April.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged the recall amid complaints that drivers had trouble telling if they had put the automatic transmissions in park. If they weren't in park and a driver left the vehicle, it could roll away.

A Los Angeles coroner's official says the death of "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin has been ruled an accident.

Coroner's spokesman Ed Winter says an autopsy performed Sunday determined the 27-year-old actor died of blunt force asphyxia after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence in his driveway early Sunday.

Winter says any toxicology results will take months to analyze.

Anton Yelchin, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films, was killed by his own car as it rolled down his driveway early Sunday, police and his publicist said.

The car pinned Yelchin, 27, against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles, Officer Jenny Hosier said. He had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police did not say why he was behind it when it started rolling.

Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal, Hosier said. When he didn't show up, the group came to his home and found him dead.

The freak accident tragically cuts short the promising career of an actor whom audiences were still getting to know and who had great artistic ambition. "Star Trek Beyond," the third film in the rebooted series, comes out in July.

Director J.J. Abrams, who cast Yelchin in the franchise, wrote in a statement that he was "brilliant ... kind ... funny as hell, and supremely talented."

His death was felt throughout the industry.

"He was a ferocious movie buff who put us all to shame," said Gabe Klinger, who directed Yelchin in the upcoming film "Porto," likely to be released this fall. "He was watching four or five movies every night — silent movies."

Yelchin began acting as a child, taking small roles in independent films and various television shows, such as "ER," ''The Practice," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." His breakout big-screen role came opposite Anthony Hopkins in 2001's "Hearts in Atlantis."

He transitioned into teen roles in films such as the crime thriller "Alpha Dog" and the comedy "Charlie Bartlett." He also played a young Kyle Reese in 2009's "Terminator Salvation."

Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia. His parents were professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when Yelchin was a baby. He briefly flirted with skating lessons, too, before discovering that he wasn't very skilled on the ice. That led him to acting class.

"I loved the improvisation part of it the most, because it was a lot like just playing around with stuff. There was something about it that I just felt completely comfortable doing and happy doing," Yelchin told The Associated Press in 2011 while promoting the romantic drama "Like Crazy." He starred opposite Felicity Jones.

"(My father) still wanted me to apply to college and stuff, and I did," Yelchin said. "But this is what I wanted."

The discipline that Yelchin learned from his athlete parents translated into his work as an actor, which he treated with seriousness and professionalism, said Klinger, the director.

He drew on his Russian roots for his role as the heavily accented navigator Chekov in the "Star Trek" films, his most high-profile to date.

"What's great about him is he can do anything. He's a chameleon. He can do bigger movies or smaller, more intimate ones," ''Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus told the AP in 2011. "There are a lot of people who can't, who can only do one or the other. ... That's what blows my mind."

Yelchin seemed to fit in anywhere in Hollywood. He could do big sci-fi franchises and vocal work in "The Smurfs," while also appearing in more eccentric and artier fare, like Jim Jarmusch's vampire film "Only Lovers Left Alive" and Jeremy Saulnier's horror thriller "Green Room," a cult favorite that came out earlier this year.

Klinger recalled a conversation with Jarmusch about Yelchin before Klinger cast him in "Porto."

"Jim was like, 'Watch out. Anton read Dostoyevsky when he was like 11 years old!'" Klinger said.

The director said that for Yelchin, every film was an opportunity to learn and study more. He admired Nicolas Cage's laser-focus on the Paul Schrader film "Dying of the Light" and also got to work with one of his acting heroes, Willem Dafoe, on the film "Odd Thomas."

"He used to refer to Willem as an artist, not an actor," Klinger said. "That's the kind of actor he aspired to be, where people didn't regard him as an actor, they regarded him as an artist."

Yelchin's publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed his death and said his family requests privacy.

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Anton Yelchin Killed by Jeep That May Have Been Included in Roll-Away Recall

2014 and 2015 Grand Cherokees had been voluntarily recalled for roll-away risk.

— -- The car that killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed to ABC News.

ABC News has learned that this model was recently included in a voluntary safety recall for its roll-away risk after drivers were injured when they mistakenly thought they had shifted their car into park.

Yelchin, who was best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" franchise, was killed by his own car early Sunday when it rolled backward down his steep driveway and pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police said the 27-year-old rising star had exited his car.

His publicist confirmed his death to ABC News.

The Los Angeles coroner's office ruled Yelchin's death an accident today, citing the cause as blunt traumatic asphyxia.

'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin Killed When His Car Hits Him

Last August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into 2014 to 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees manufactured from July 16, 2012, to Dec. 22, 2015, after receiving 14 complaints from drivers alleging the vehicle had rolled away after they thought they had shifted it into park.

After the investigation, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), which manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee, issued a voluntary recall in April for 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees.

According to a safety recall report from the NHTSA, the Grand Cherokee is equipped with a monostable gear shifter. The shifter does not slide forward or backward like a conventional gear shifter; instead, the shifter always returns to the center position after the gear is selected, according to Mopar, FCA's parts, service and customer care organization.

As a result, the NHTSA report stated that FCA determined that some drivers "erroneously concluding that their vehicle’s transmission is in the park position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged."

According to the report, FCA determined that not having "an additional mechanism to mitigate the effects of driver error in failing to shift the monostable gear selector into park prior to exiting the vehicle constitutes a defect presenting a risk to motor vehicle safety."

Also included in the recall were the 2012 to 2014 Dodge Charger and the 2012 to 2014 Chrysler 300, both of which are equipped with the same monostable gear shifter.

It has not been determined whether this defect was the reason the vehicle rolled into Yelchin.

FCA expressed its "most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin" on Monday. In a statement to ABC News, Jeep's parent company said it was "conducting a thorough investigation" into the accident, adding that "it is premature to speculate on the cause of this tragedy."

Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal when the accident happened. After he didn’t show up, his friends went to check on him and found him dead by his car.

Director J.J. Abrams, who directed Yelchin in the rebooted "Star Trek" franchise, remembered the actor in a statement on Twitter, writing, "You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren't here nearly long enough."

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Jeep that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was one of thousands of faulty vehicles recalled

Friends found the 27-year-old pinned between his 2.5 tonne jeep and the gates to his LA home on Sunday as it is revealed his vehicle was model of Jeep Grand Cherokee have been recalled twice for gearbox problems

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THE vehicle involved in a freak accident that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled over safety concerns, it has emerged.

Russian-born Yelchin was found dead by friends pinned between a concrete pillar outside his LA home and his Jeep Grand Cherokee yesterday.

 Anton Yelchin was crushed by his Jeep Grand Cherokee outside his LA home. It is not known exactly what model he was driving

Some models of the Cherokee were recalled over concerns about the vehicles' gear stick

It is believed the 2.5 ton car rolled back down the drive of the 27-year-old’s home and crushed him after he had got out the vehicle.

Thousands of the Jeeps were recalled by the manufacturer after concerns about their gear sticks in July 2012 and December last year.

Fiat Chrysler, who make Jeeps, said in a statement  that it's investigating and it's premature to speculate on the cause of the crash.

They offered sympathies to Yelchin's friends and family.

The problem meant drivers could be left unaware whether their car was in neutral or park when they left the vehicle.

Motorists had to rely on a warning light on the gear stick and a bell as their car door opened.

Jeep made moves to solve the problem by making the warnings clearer when a car was left in neutral.

 The Star Trek actor was found pinned to the gate of his Los Angeles' home by a Jeep Ford Cherokee early on Sunday morning

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, “The affected vehicles ... may not adequately warn the driver when driver’s door is opened and the vehicle is not in PARK, allowing them to exit the vehicle while the vehicle is still in gear.

“Drivers thinking that their vehicle’s transmission is in the PARK position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged.”

Data from the report shows that the problem potentially caused 212 crashes, 308 property damage claims and 41 injuries.

The Sun has contacted Jeep for comment.

Authorities investigating the tragedy have not yet established why Yelchin was out of his car but it is believed the 4x4 rolled back down his driveway's steep incline, ramming him into the pillar.

Friends made the grim discovery when they visited his home in San Fernando Valley at 1am local time on Sunday after he failed to attend a planned rehearsal.

The car was found in neutral with its engine still running.

His publicist has issued a statement following the tragedy: "Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning.

"His family requests you respect their privacy at this time‎."

 As Chekov, left ... Yelchin rose to fame in the big-money Star Trek reboot franchise

There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

LAPD spokeswoman Jenny Houser told the Hollywood Reporter : "It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death."

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Yelchin rose to fame in 2006 film Alpha Dog before securing the role of Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation, and Chekov in 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.

He was working on a number of projects before his death, including a TV show called Mr Mercedes.

The star had recently completed work on the next instalment, Star Trek Beyond, due to be released next month.

 Aged just 27 ... Yelchin dies in freak accident

Star Trek's official website and Twitter account has paid tribute to the late actor: "StarTrek.com is deeply saddened to report that Anton Yelchin, Star Trek’s current Chekov, died today, June 19, at the age of 27.

"The actor was killed, in a freak accident, at home in Los Angeles by his own car.

"Yelchin played Chekov in Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and will be seen next month in Star Trek Beyond."

The tribute continued: "Please join StarTrek.com in offering our condolences to Yelchin’s family, friends, colleagues and fans."

 Run over by his own car ... friends find star actor after he misses rehearsal

Yelchin was born in Russia although he emigrated to the US as a political refugee with his professional figure skater parents, Irina and Viktor Yelchin, as a baby.

Raised in Los Angeles, Yelchin attended the University of Southern California.

He started acting as a child, scoring his first professional role aged just nine in A Man Is Mostly Water.

Fellow celebrities have begun paying tribute to the actor on social media.

Star Trek co-star John Cho tweeted: "I loved Anton Yelchin so much.

"He was a true artist - curious, beautiful, courageous.

"He was a great pal and a great son. I'm in ruins."

He continued:  " Please send your love to Anton's family right now. They need it."

Actor and co-star Zachary Quinto shared a tribute to his friend on Twitter: "one of the most open and intellectually curious people…"

Comedian Matt Lucas wrote: "Dreadful news about Anton Yelchin.

"I thought he was an amazing actor."

Meanwhile, US actress Anna Kendick has described the Star Trek actor's death as "unreal" and a huge loss".

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Actor Anton Yelchin was crushed to death by his SUV. His parents just settled with Fiat Chrysler.

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The parents of Anton Yelchin, the “Star Trek” actor who died in 2016 when his SUV rolled down his driveway and trapped him against a security gate, have reached a settlement with the makers of Jeep Grand Cherokee.

A confidential settlement between Victor and Irina Yelchin and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee that crushed Yelchin, was filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court. The details of the settlement were not disclosed.

“Anton Yelchin was crushed and lingered alive for some time, trapped and suffocating until his death,” the lawsuit states.

Yelchin’s family attorney, Gary Dordick, and Yelchin’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, could not be immediately reached for comment. Fiat Chrysler told the Associated Press in a statement 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.”

The settlement money will got to the  Anton Yelchin Foundation  and to the filming of a documentary on Yelchin’s life, Allen said in a statement to People .

“The mission of the Foundation is to empower and support young people engaged in creative arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability,” she said.

‘Star Trek’s’ Anton Yelchin and the scary reality of the Jeep that rolls away and kills you

Yelchin, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, was best known for playing Chekov in the reboot of the “Star Trek” movies as well as his roles in “Alpha Dog” and “Terminator Salvation.” He was 27 when he died.

“Star Trek” fans were hit with a sense of loss upon realizing that they wouldn’t again see Chekov on screen. Yelchin’s former “Star Trek” castmate, John Cho, told The Washington Post  after Yelchin’s death that he could not “begin to express how badly my heart has been broken by his passing.”

“He was a young man who was just starting to become what he was going to become,” said Cho, who played helmsman Sulu right next to Chekov on the starship Enterprise’s bridge.

Yelchin had been driving a car that came under scrutiny for its gear system. In 2016,  TMZ reported , citing the Los Angeles Police Department, that when Yelchin’s friends discovered his body, they found the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee idling in neutral.

In 2016, the  automotive blog Jalopnik  reported that the Jeep was among one of 1.1 million vehicles that had been recalled about two months before Yelchin’s death because of a confusing gear shifter that could cause the car to roll away unexpectedly. According to former Washington Post reporter Jeff Guo :

[In 2015], NHTSA began investigating the unconventional gearstick design on these cars, which was causing crashes because drivers were mistakenly shifting to neutral when they thought they were shifting to park. With a regular gearstick, drivers choose a transmission option (park, reverse, neutral, drive, etc.) by moving the stick into the corresponding notch or detent. Drivers can feel the stick settle into position. But a new, different, design was used in the cars affected by the recall, which include certain recent models of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Rollaway vehicles kill about 93 people a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration .

Yelchin’s parents in 2016 announced in an emotional news conference that they were suing Fiat Chrysler for wrongful death and product liability, during which they said Anton was their only son and “a remarkable human being.” The automaker in response claimed that Yelchin’s “misuse” of the car led to his death, according to People .

“In spite of our unbelievable grief, we decided to come here to prevent other families from the same tragedy,” Victor Yelchin said during the 2016 news conference.

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Anton Yelchin Death: Jeep Grand Cherokees Were Recalled for Rollaway Risk [Updated]

Fiat Chrysler earlier this year recalled certain Jeep Grand Cherokees for their “rollaway” risk after drivers were injured when they mistakenly thought they had shifted their car to park.

Star Trek star Anton Yelchin died at his San Fernando Valley home on Saturday night when his own car pinned him to his mailbox at the bottom of a steep driveway. Yelchin was alone and, according to TMZ, the car was a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Friends found Yelchin when they went to his house after he failed to turn up to rehearsal.

The voluntary recall, in April 2016, impacted 2014 to 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees that were manufactured between July 16, 2012, and December 22, 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

It’s unclear which model was involved in Yelchin’s accident, as well as what exactly led up to the 27-year-old’s death. The LAPD did not respond to requests for comment.

According to a summary of the NHTSA report on the “defect” (PDF):

The affected vehicles, equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a monostable gear selector, may not adequately warn the driver when driver’s door is opened and the vehicle is not in PARK, allowing them to exit the vehicle while the vehicle is still in gear. ... Drivers thinking that their vehicle’s transmission is in the PARK position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged.

By April 12, 2016, Fiat Chrysler had identified 212 crashes, 308 claims of property damage, and 41 injuries related to the issue, according to a submission [PDF] to the NHTSA.

Update: 10:00pm : According to Fiat Chrysler Automotive , the issue stems from the design of the electronic shifter. When the driver shifts the vehicle into park, the only indication to the driver is a light on the console: “unless due care is taken, drivers may draw erroneous conclusions about the status of their vehicles.”

According to a representative from FCA, drivers of affected vehicles were notified and issued directions to properly operate the shifter. The company could not speak about this specific accident, nor whether Yelchin’s vehicle was one of the ones affected by the recall.

Update: 10:00 am, June 20: LAPD confirms the car involved was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Correction: The issue was related to whether a car was in “Park” and not related to the parking brake as an earlier version of this story suggested.

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Jeep That Killed 'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin Was Under Recall

June 20, 2016 / 3:40 PM EDT / CBS New York

LOS ANGELES (CBSNewYork/AP) --   The model of SUV that killed " Star Trek'' actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly.

The car pinned Yelchin, 27, against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles, Officer Jenny Hosier said. He had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police did not say why he was behind it when it started rolling.

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Investigators have not established any connection between the transmission in Yelchin's Jeep and the incident that took his life.

Lt. Larry Dietz told CBS News the Los Angeles County coroner's office "concluded that Yelchin's death was an accident" caused by "blunt traumatic asphyxia." It appeared Yelchin had not properly put his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee in park, Dietz said, adding it was "just one of those freak accidents."

NHTSA JEEP RECALL

Fiat Chrysler, which makes Jeeps, said in a statement Monday that it's investigating and it's premature to speculate on the cause of the crash. It offered sympathies to Yelchin's friends and family.

Most 2015 model year Grand Cherokees were part of a global recall of 1.1 million vehicles announced by Fiat Chrysler in April.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged the recall amid complaints that drivers had trouble telling if they had put the automatic transmissions in park. If they weren't in park and a driver left the vehicle, it could roll away.

CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave reported last month that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was investigating more than 850,000 vehicles. Most were 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees equipped with "e-shift" transmissions. Those transmissions lack the typical grooves and sensation of moving the car into park, drive or reverse.

Government investigators found the transmissions are "not intuitive" and provide "poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver, increasing the potential for unintended gear selection."

The investigation found reports of 121 crashes and 30 injures linked to the shifter and possible confusion over whether the vehicles had actually been put into park.

In April, Fiat Chrysler recalled more than 800,000 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, Chrysler 300s and Dodge Chargers equipped with Monostable shifter or E-shift transmissions.

Fiat Chrysler spokesperson Eric Mayne told CBS News recall "notices were mailed to affected customers. Included in those notices were tip sheets describing proper operation of the shifter. This supplemental information echoes the instructions in the owner's manual."

Yelchin started small with roles in indie films and various television shows, before breaking out in films like the crime thriller "Alpha Dog" and the teenage comedy "Charlie Bartlett."

His biggest role to date has been in the rebooted "Star Trek" films, in which he took over the role of Chekov, first portrayed by Walter Koenig. The third new film, "Star Trek Beyond" comes out in July.

Celebrities who knew the actor took to social media to express their grief over the loss. Those who had spent time with Yelchin described him as a bright, open, kind and courageous young man.

Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won't ever forget his sweet smile. RIP — olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2016
our dear friend. our comrade. our anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people… https://t.co/zgTxXmyrbD — Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) June 19, 2016
Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you. — Justin Lin (@justinlin) June 19, 2016
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist - curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I'm in ruins. — John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
Terrible news about Anton Yelchin, crazily talented actor gone too soon. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 19, 2016

Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia. His parents were professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when Yelchin was a baby. Yelchin's family members requested privacy.

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‘Star Trek’ Actor Anton Yelchin Dies at 27

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Anton Yelchin , known for roles in “Star Trek” and “Alpha Dog,” died early Sunday morning in a freak accident, a spokeswoman confirmed to  Variety . He was 27.

“Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning,” said a statement from his representative. “His family requests you respect their privacy at this time.”

The LAPD said he was pinned by his own car at his Studio City home. Friends apparently became concerned when Yelchin did not show up for a band performance. They found him at his home pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar.

“It appears he had exited his car and was behind it when the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway,” the LAPD said in a statement.

Police reportedly told TMZ that the engine was still running when he was found, and that his car was in neutral. It’s not clear why he got out of his car with the engine running.

His most prominent role was as Pavel Chekov, the Russian ensign in the rebooted “Star Trek” film series. The most recent film in the franchise, “Star Trek Beyond,” debuts on July 22.

Paramount Pictures released a statement, saying, “All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.”

Born in Leningrad in the former Soviet Union, Yelchin and his family emigrated to the United States when he was just six months old, seeking political asylum. His parents were both star figure skaters. He began acting at an early age, launching his professional career as a 9 year-old. He impressed critics and audiences with a series of prominent roles, holding his own against the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Robin Williams while playing shy or emotionally damaged kids in the likes of “House of D” and “Hearts in Atlantis.” For two seasons he co-starred opposite Hank Azaria in the Showtime series “Huff,” playing  a precocious teenager whose life is upended by his father’s personal and professional crisis.

As a young adult, he justified that early acclaim, turning in mature, sensitively wrought performances as drug-peddling title character in “Charlie Bartlett” and as Jacob, a lovelorn college student in Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy.” In the Los Angeles Times , critic Kenneth Turan praised Yelchin’s work in “Like Crazy” as “fearless,” writing that  he “…expertly delineates the core quietness of Jacob, his tangible seriousness and sincerity.”

Yelchin also brushed with mainstream success, appearing in “Terminator Salvation” and doing voice work on “The Smurfs” movies. Critics noted that his performance in “Odd Thomas,” based on the Dean Koontz book, was superior to the rest of the movie.

After news of Yelchin’s death broke Sunday, friends and co-stars reacted on Twitter and social media.

John Cho, who worked with Yelchin on “Star Trek,” tweeted, “I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.”

And Kat Dennings added, “Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can’t say anything that conveys what this feels like.”

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Jeep Grand Cherokee That Killed Anton Yelchin Was Part of Safety Recall

T he vehicle involved in a freak accident that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin on Sunday was part of a safety recall the government issued two months ago.

The 27-year-old, who was best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, was crushed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee in his driveway about 1 a.m, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Jane Kim told TIME. When he got out of his SUV, it rolled backward down a steep driveway and pinned him against a brick mailbox and a security fence, Kim said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in late April warned drivers of a defect in the model, involving its monostable gear selector. The electronic shifter, which has a button to change gears instead of requiring drivers to physically move a lever, could cause drivers to mistakenly believe their vehicle is in park, when it is actually in neutral or drive, the federal safety agency said.

“Drivers erroneously concluding that their vehicle’s transmission in the park position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged,” the NHTSA said in its safety recall report . Yelchin’s model of Jeep was part of the recall , according to the New York Times.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles affected in the recall were produced between July 16, 2012 and Dec. 22, 2015, according to the recall report. It’s unclear if Yelchin’s vehicle was made during that time frame, or whether it was produced later in 2015. Police are working to determine which gear his car was in during the accident and whether the vehicle’s engine was running when his body was found, Kim said.

Yelchin’s publicist did not immediately comment about the SUV or the recall.

Fiat Chrysler, which manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee, said in a statement that it is “in contact” with authorities and is “conducting a thorough investigation.” “It is premature to speculate on the cause of this tragedy,” said the statement, which also offered condolences to Yelchin’s friends and family.

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LA County coroner’s office has confirmed the cause of the Star Trek actor’s death while Fiat Chrysler continues to investigate any vehicular malfunction

The death of Anton Yelchin has been officially ruled as an accident by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The 27-year-old actor, known for roles in Star Trek and Green Room , died after his car rolled down his driveway and pinned him against a security fence. The coroner confirmed that the cause of death was “blunt traumatic asphyxia” and estimated that his injuries would have killed him in under a minute.

An investigation has been launched by Fiat Chrysler as Yelchin’s car, a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, had been recalled due to a “rollaway risk”, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Drivers erroneously concluding that their vehicle’s transmission is in the ‘park’ position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged,” the organisation said in a report about the problem.

More than 850,000 vehicles have been involved in the initial investigation about the issue, according to CBS News .

Yelchin’s death has led to tributes from across the industry, including his Star Trek director JJ Abrams who called him “brilliant … kind … funny as hell, and supremely talented” and his Alpha Dog co-star Justin Timberlake who tweeted that he was a “genius actor” and an “amazing human being”. A number of Yelchin’s films are yet to be released, including this summer’s Star Trek Beyond and thriller Thoroughbred.

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Chance Perdomo, who starred in the television series " Gen V " and " Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ," has died as a result of a motorcycle accident. He was 27.

Perdomo’s publicist confirmed the actor's death in a statement.

"It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Chance Perdomo’s untimely passing as a result of a motorcycle accident," the statement said. "His passion for the arts and insatiable appetite for life was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth will carry on in those who he loved dearest. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their beloved son and brother."

No one else was involved in the accident, the statement said.

Perdomo was known for his roles as Ambrose Spellman in Netflix’s "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" and Andre Anderson in "The Boys" spinoff series "Gen V."

"We can’t quite wrap our heads around this. For those of us who knew him and worked with him, Chance was always charming and smiling, an enthusiastic force of nature, an incredibly talented performer, and more than anything else, just a very kind, lovely person," the "Gen V" producers said in a joint statement. "Even writing about him in the past tense doesn’t make sense. We are so sorry for Chance’s family, and we are grieving the loss of our friend and colleague. Hug your loved ones tonight."

Perdomo was born on Oct. 19, 1996, in Los Angeles. As a child, he moved with his mother to Southampton in the county of Hampshire, England, where he attended Redbridge Community School before going to Peter Symonds College in Winchester.

Perdomo intended to study Law, but instead moved to London to pursue acting; he joined the National Youth Theatre and trained at Identity School of Acting.

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Perdomo appeared in several television shows and short films before he was cast as a series regular in "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," also starring Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch and Jaz Sinclair. He played Ambrose Spellman for four seasons from 2018 to 2020. Perdomo also starred as Jerome Rogers in the 2018 TV movie "Killed by My Debt," which earned him a BAFTA nomination for best actor in a leading role.

In the Prime Video series "Gen V," Perdomo played Andre Anderson, a student at Godolkin University who harnesses magnetic manipulation abilities. Production on the second season has been delayed indefinitely following the news of Perdomo’s death.

On the film side, Perdomo worked on the "After" series, led by Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin. He portrayed Landon Gibson in "After We Fell" (2021), "After Ever Happy" (2022) and "After Everything" (2023).

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  1. Jeep that killed 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin was flagged for safety

    The Jeep SUV that crushed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin this weekend had been flagged by the automaker for a problem that could cause the vehicle to roll away. Yelchin's Jeep rolled down his ...

  2. Anton Yelchin's family settle Jeep lawsuit over Star Trek actor's death

    The family of the late Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over the rollaway crash of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed the up-and ...

  3. Anton Yelchin's Jeep Was Included In Rollaway Recall Linked ...

    The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that the car that rolled into and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a model that Fiat Chrysler recently recalled ...

  4. Anton Yelchin: Jeep that killed Star Trek actor was recalled for

    Yelchin, 27, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted series, died on Sunday after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a mailbox pillar and security fence at his ...

  5. Suit settled in death of Anton Yelchin, actor crushed by SUV

    March 22, 2018 3:20 PM PT. 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 ...

  6. Anton Yelchin Died Just One Minute After His Car Accident ...

    This weekend, Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, 27, was tragically killed when his car rolled down his driveway, pinning him to a brick pillar and security fence. He was found dead at his home by ...

  7. Jeep that rolled, killed Anton Yelchin was under recall

    AP - AP. LOS ANGELES -- The SUV that rolled down a driveway and killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled, government records show. Yelchin, died on Sunday after his 2015 Jeep ...

  8. Jeep Grand Cherokee That Killed Anton Yelchin Was Part of Safety Recall

    The vehicle involved in a freak accident that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin on Sunday was part of a safety recall the government issued two months ago.. The 27-year-old, who was best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, was crushed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee in his driveway about 1 a.m, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Jane Kim told TIME.

  9. Anton Yelchin, 'Star Trek' Actor, Dead at 27

    UPDATE: The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee actor Anton Yelchin was driving at the time of his fatal accident was under recall, The Associated Press reports. The SUV's gear shifters reportedly confused ...

  10. SUV that rolled, killed actor was under recall

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The SUV that killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly. Los ...

  11. Anton Yelchin Killed by Jeep That May Have Been Included in Roll-Away

    Paul Archuleta/Getty Images. -- The car that killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed to ABC News. ABC News has ...

  12. Anton Yelchin

    Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (Russian: Антон Викторович Ельчин, IPA: [ɐnˈton ˈvʲiktərəvʲɪtɕ ˈjelʲtɕɪn]; March 11, 1989 - June 19, 2016) was an American actor.Born in the Soviet Union to a Russian Jewish family, he immigrated to the United States with his parents at the age of 6 months. He began his career as a child actor, appearing as the lead of the mystery ...

  13. Jeep that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was one of thousands of

    Jeep that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was one of thousands of faulty vehicles recalled. Friends found the 27-year-old pinned between his 2.5 tonne jeep and the gates to his LA home on ...

  14. Brand of Jeep that killed Star Trek actor in midst of recall

    Updated on: June 20, 2016 / 6:43 PM EDT / CBS/AP. LOS ANGELES - The SUV that rolled down a driveway and killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have ...

  15. Actor Anton Yelchin was crushed to death by his SUV. His parents just

    The parents of Anton Yelchin, the "Star Trek" actor who died in 2016 when his SUV rolled down his driveway and trapped him against a security gate, have reached a settlement with the makers of ...

  16. Anton Yelchin Death: Jeep Grand Cherokees Were Recalled for ...

    Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Dies in Freak Car Accident [Updated] According to the Associated Press, actor Anton Yelchin has died at the age of 27 in a car accident. Read more

  17. Jeep That Killed 'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin Was Under Recall

    June 20, 2016 / 3:40 PM EDT / CBS New York. LOS ANGELES (CBSNewYork/AP) -- The model of SUV that killed " Star Trek'' actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have confused ...

  18. Anton Yelchin, Star Trek actor, dies in car accident at age 27

    Sun 19 Jun 2016 14.16 EDT. Last modified on Tue 19 Dec 2017 16.03 EST. Anton Yelchin, a charismatic rising star best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films, has died at the age ...

  19. Anton Yelchin Dead: 'Star Trek' Actor Dies in Car Accident

    Anton Yelchin, known for roles in "Star Trek" and "Alpha Dog," died early Sunday morning in a freak accident, a spokeswoman confirmed to Variety. He was 27. "Actor Anton Yelchin was ...

  20. Anton Yelchin: Jeep Grand Cherokee Faced Recall Before Death

    T he vehicle involved in a freak accident that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin on Sunday was part of a safety recall the government issued two months ago.. The 27-year-old, who was best known ...

  21. Anton Yelchin death officially ruled an accident

    The death of Anton Yelchin has been officially ruled as an accident by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The 27-year-old actor, known for roles in Star Trek and Green Room, died after his ...

  22. Anton Yelchin Jeep accident: Star Trek actor killed by SUV recalled

    AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Monday it would investigate the crash that killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin, who was crus...

  23. The Star Trek Accident That Permanently Damaged William Shatner's Body

    Back in 1997, Shatner revealed to the Baltimore Sun that an on-set accident resulted in him and co-star Leonard Nimoy -- the actor known for the fan-favorite Mr. Spock character -- enduring ...

  24. Chance Perdomo, 'Gen V' star, dies after motorcycle accident at 27

    He was 27. Perdomo's publicist confirmed the actor's death in a statement. "It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Chance Perdomo's untimely passing as a result of a motorcycle ...