On June 19th, actor Anton Yelchin was killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards down the driveway at his home and pinned him against a brick pillar. His sudden death at 27 years old shook the entertainment industry, especially considering his prominent appearances in two 2016 films — “Green Room” and “Star Trek Beyond.” Now, Yelchin’s parents are set to file file a wrongful death lawsuit against Jeep parent company Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday.
Yelchin’s car was among some Fiat Chrysler models under recall after Fiat and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received numerous complaints about problems with the gear shift. Drivers have often exited the vehicle believing it to be in park only to discover it’s actually in neutral, leading to accidents and crashes. According to Variety, the NHTSA is “aware of nearly 700 complaints about the issue, including 266 accidents, of which 68 involved injuries,” but Yelchin’s death is believed to be the only fatality, though it’s still under investigation.
Yelchin is best known for his many acclaimed performances throughout his career, including his roles as Zack Mazursky in “Alpha Dog,” the titular role in “Charlie Bartlett,” Kyle Reese in “Terminator Salvation,” Jacob in “Like Crazy,” Ian in “Only Lovers Left Alive,” and of course, Chekov in the rebooted “Star Trek” series. Before his death, he also appeared in Michael Almereyda’s “Experimenter” and Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room.”
Yelchin’s attorney is expected to hold a press conference sometime this morning.