Remember Anton Yelchin? The actor perhaps best known for his role in the new Star Trek movies was tragically killed almost two years ago by his own SUV. Now his family has settled their lawsuit against the manufacturer.
According to the report from Reuters, Yelchin’s parents Victor and Irina reached a settlement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The elder Yelchins are themselves well-known former figure skaters. But while the suit was wrapped up in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, the details of the settlement were not disclosed.
The incident occurred in June 2016 when Yelchin got out of his Jeep, evidently believing the transmission was safely in the Park position. But the 2015 Grand Cherokee rolled down the slanted driveway. He was crushed against the fence and brick pillar outside his home in LA.
Fiat Chrysler claimed that Yelchin would have received a letter notifying him (and other owners) of the potential problem. But the Yelchin family’s lawyer said the notice didn’t arrive until a week after the incident that claimed the actor’s life. The automaker has since recalled that model to have the transmission software updated in connection to the problem. The recall included the 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as the 2012-14 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans.
“We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss,” said a spokesman for the automaker, adding that they were “pleased that we’ve reached an amicable resolution in this matter.”
Born in Leningrad in 1989, Yelchin rose to fame for his portrayal of Anton Chekov in 2009’s Star Trek, 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness, and 2016’s Star Trek: Beyond, which was released posthumously. His acting career started earlier in his childhood, when he appeared in 2001’s Hearts in Atlantis and Steven Spielberg’s miniseries Taken.
The same year he appeared in that first Star Trek movie, he also appeared in the Terminator Salvation reboot as Kyle Reese. While those blockbusters put him in the spotlight, he was also known for his work in independent cinema, and voiced Clumsy Smurf in a series of animated features.