Anton Yelchin Family Settles with Automaker In Fatal Jeep Accident

Joann Johnston
March 23, 2018

Dordick said when he filed the lawsuit that Fiat Chrysler had mailed a recall letter to Yelchin that was received seven days after his death.

The confidential settlement between Fiat Chrysler and Victor and Irina Yelchin, who themselves were celebrated Russian figure skaters, was filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court.

"Star Trek" star Anton Yelchins parents have settled their wrongful death lawsuit with the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles.

Yelchin's publicist says that the settlement will go to his foundation.

Fiat Chrysler, which owns Jeep, issued a statement saying the company is "pleased that we've reached an amicable resolution in this matter".

The settlement is confidential, but it's nearly certain the auto company that makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee paid a significant amount of money to make the case go away.

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"We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss", it said.

The 27-year-old actor was crushed by his Jeep at his home in Los Angeles in June 2016, and his parents claimed a faulty gear shift system was to blame for the driveway tragedy.

The settlement money will got to the Anton Yelchin Foundation and to the filming of a documentary on Yelchin's life, Allen said in a statement to People.

The actor was best known for his role as Chekov in the recent series of Star Trek films. The actor's final film, Thoroughbreds, hit theaters earlier this month.

Also included in the lawsuit was the Valencia, California Chrysler dealership that sold Yelchin the vehicle.

[In 2015], NHTSA began investigating the unconventional gearstick design on these cars, which was causing crashes because drivers were mistakenly shifting to neutral when they thought they were shifting to park.

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