Victor and Irina Yelchin filed the wrongful-death and product-liability lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler in Los Angeles Superior Court roughly six weeks after their son was killed. The suit contends that the gear selector in the actor’s Jeep was defective and poorly designed and manufactured.
Parents of Dead Star Trek Actor Yelchin Sue
“Anton Yelchin was crushed and lingered alive for some time, trapped and suffocating until his death,” the lawsuit says.
The actor’s Jeep rolled backward down the driveway of his Los Angeles home June 19, pinning him between a mailbox and a security fence. The SUV was among 1.1 million vehicles recalled in April because its gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly leading to dozens of injuries.
Fiat Chrysler extended its sympathies to Yelchin’s parents but said it could not comment on the lawsuit because it had not been served yet.
The lawsuit says Yelchin’s SUV did not engage or maintain its “park” gear and that led to the vehicle crushing the actor. Dordick said he believes Yelchin went back in to his home to retrieve something and thought the car was in “park.”
Yelchin is perhaps best known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the rebooted “Star Trek” franchise. The third film in the series, “Star Trek Beyond,” has grossed more than $106 million in in its first two weekends.
The actor was the Yelchins’ only son, and they have filed to oversee his estate, which is valued at nearly $1.4 million. Anton Yelchin left behind several unreleased projects, including the Netflix animated series “Trollhunters” and four films.