Star Trek reboot actor, Anton Yelchin, dies following auto roll-away accident

Actor Anton Yelchin, 27, best known for his role on Star Trek, was tragically killed Sunday morning when his own auto crushed him in his driveway.

The 27-year-old actor's body was pinned between the Jeep and the gate of his Studio City, Calif., home on June the 19th.

A flaw in the design made it possible for the vehicle to roll even after being parked, according to People Magazine.

Fiat Chrysler is now investigating Yelchin's death, due to reports that the vehicle that caused it was a model recalled for a poorly designed electronic shift lever. The agency said Monday it's in contact with police about the cause of the crash, and it urged the owners of the recalled vehicles to make sure they're in park before exiting and to use the parking brake.

In ordering the recall, the NHTSA said that operation of the Grand Cherokee's gear shift wasn't intuitive and gave "poor tactile and visual feedback" to the driver

Meanwhile, the cast of the Star Trek franchise is mourning the loss of Anton.

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. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at box office tracker comScore, said the actor's death is unlikely to impact the film's performance at the box office.

His Star Trek co-stars, including Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto, tweeted as news of his death broke, with John Cho - who plays Sulu - saying Yelchin's passing had left him "in ruins".

"FCA US extends its most honest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin", a statement from a company spokesperson reads. "And you weren't here almost long enough".

"As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all". "My heart goes out to his family".



  • Neal Todd