It’s been almost two years since Anton Yelchin passed away at the untimely age of 27, following an accident that left him pinned between his driveway and his gate due to a malfunction with his Jeep Grand Cherokee and caused his death. His parents sued the car company that owns Jeep some time after his death, and now it looks as if Fiat Chrysler and Anton Yelchin’s family have settled the lawsuit that followed the Star Trek star’s passing.
Back in the summer of 2016, Victor and Irina Yelchin ultimately opted to take legal action against Fiat Chrysler after learning that a recall was behind Anton Yelchin’s death. Back in June of 2016, we first learned that Anton Yelchin had died after his Jeep Cherokee rolled down his driveway, pinning him to a brick pillar that was attached to his security gate. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed after his parents learned Yelchin’s Jeep Cherokee had been recalled earlier that year due to causing multiple injuries and reportedly being behind 266 crashes in the vehicle. Jeep responded following Anton Yelchin’s death by recalling more of the vehicles at an accelerated pace, but that didn’t stop the lawsuit from moving forward.
At one point, the attorney for Anton Yelchin’s family revealed that a recall notice for the Jeep Cherokee was sent to Anton Yelchin, but it was only received at his address seven days after the actor had already been killed by his vehicle. Along with that notice, 800,000 recalls were sent out by the company in April of that year. The issue was with the shifter in the 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee models. Because of the way the shifter was set up, it often seemed to be in park when it was actually still in neutral, leading to the car rolling away, which is what happened with Anton Yelchin.
According to TMZ, while a settlement has been reached, the terms are confidential, so we may not ever know what the family learned when the lawsuit was settled. However, whatever the amount of money won’t really make up for the loss of Anton Yelchin, an actor who was making great headway in Hollywood and was known for roles in The Smurfs, Star Trek, The Beaver and more. You can see him in his final role in Thoroughbreds in theaters, now. He also did voice work for the Netflix series Trollhunters before his death.
In addition, Anton Yelchin’s fellow peers and cast members have not forgotten him. It was only a few days ago when Zoe Saldana shared a touching photo of the Star Trek and its sequels cast, noting the day would have been Anton Yelchin’s 29th birthday. He may be gone, but he surely is missed by many.