Star Trek Actor’s Parents File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler

Anton Yelchin was killed in June when his recalled Jeep SUV crushed him after rolling backward down a steep driveway.

Anton Yelchin (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
Anton Yelchin (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

The parents of actor Anton Yelchin have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Fait Chrysler. Yelchin was killed on June 19 when his Jeep Grand Cherokee crushed him after rolling backward down a steep driveway.

Yelchin’s 2015 Grand Cherokee was one of several models recalled by FCA over concerns with automaker’s confusing gear shifter, which was first announced in April. Many drivers, for instance, exited the vehicle believing it to be in park when actually in neutral, thus heightening the risk of rollaway accidents.  

According to Variety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration knows of 700 complaints related to the recall, including 266 accidents and 68 injuries.

Following the 27-year-old Star Trek actor’s death, FCA announced that it would accelerate the recall of the 1.1 million affected vehicles and investigate the circumstances surrounding Yelchin’s death.

Anton Yelchin (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)Anton Yelchin (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

In a press conference last week, Yelchin’s father said:

“It is wrong, it’s against nature, when the parents bury its own child. That’s why we hope that this lawsuit will make [another] family never go through the same hell we’re going through right now.”

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