In 2016, the 27-year-old actor was crushed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is made by Fiat Chrysler, while in his driveway. The vehicle rolled down the driveway of his Los Angeles home and pinned him between a mailbox and a security fence. Victor and Irina Yelchin filed a confidential settlement agreement with Fiat Chrysler this week at Los Angeles Superior Court, according to Associated Press. In a statement released on Thursday, Fiat Chrysler said the company is "pleased that we’ve reached an amicable resolution in this matter" and that they "extend our deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss."
The vehicle was one of 1.1 million recalled two months before the accident. According to regulators, dozens of injuries were caused after the SUVs rolled away unexpectedly because of gear shifters that were confusing to drivers. The liability suit alleged that these gears were the cause of the actor's death. The lawsuit stated, "Anton Yelchin was crushed and lingered alive for some time, trapped and suffocating until his death." When the lawsuit was initially filed, Victor Yelchin said, "In spite of our unbelievable grief, we decided to come here to prevent other families from the same tragedy."
Anton Yelchin is best known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films. He also did voices for the Netflix TV show Trollhunters and The Smurfs movies.