Parents of 'Star Trek' actor killed by Jeep plan to sue Fiat Chrysler


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The parents of deceased actor Anton Yelchin plan to file a wrongful death suit against Fiat Chrysler, the makers of the Jeep that killed their son in June, reports the Associated Press.

On June 19 the "Star Trek Beyond" star died from "blunt traumatic asphyxia" after his own car rolled down a steep driveway and pinned him between a brick mailbox pillar and security fence. According to police, the 27-year old actor was leaving his house in Studio City, California for rehearsal when he momentarily got out his car, and the Jeep began rolling backwards. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Los Angeles county medical examiner spokesman Ed Winter said the actor's death was accidental. 

In April Fiat Chrysler issued a global recall of 1.1 million cars — including the car that killed Yelchin — after the Jeep's gear shifter was highlighted for causing confusion amongst drivers and resulting in cars unexpectedly rolling away. By later June when the government conducted an investigation into the gear shifter, they found that there are had been 266 crashes as a result of the problem and 68 people injured. As the Freep reports, it is not entirely clear if Yelchin knew of the recall or had is car serviced in response. 

According to Variety an attorney for Victor and Irina Yelchin will announced the lawsuit in a news conference Monday. 

After Yelchin's death Fiat Chrysler issues a statement of "most sincere condolences" to the star's family and friends. 

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