« Tap to Next Article »

Anton Yelchin's Parents Sue Fiat Chrysler for Their Son's Death

The 'Star Trek' actor received a recall notice for his Jeep seven days after he died.

Anton Yelchin's Parents Sue Fiat Chrysler for Their Son's Death
FameFlynet

Less than two months after the tragic passing of Star Trek Beyond actor Anton Yelchin, the star's parents have taken legal action.

On Tuesday, Viktor and Irina Yelchin announced they would be suing Fiat Chrysler for their son's death.

"With unbelievable grief," Viktor said, "We decided to come here to prevent other families with the same tragedy. Anton was our only son — a remarkable human being. It’s against nature when a parent has to bury their own child."

Getty

The family's lawyer, Gary A. Dordick, also spoke up.

"It appears that Anton went back to his house to retrieve something. He left his vehicle and was on his way out at the time, believing his vehicle was in park," he explained.

Referencing Fiat Chrysler, Dordick said, "They cannot wait for someone to be hurt or someone to be killed before they do the right thing. We hope this lawsuit will teach them a lesson."

He went on to condemn the company for failing to offer the Yelchins condolences.

"There’s been no, 'We’re sorry for your loss.' They've hired their experts and it looks like they’re prepared to fight," Dordick said. "I think the Yelchin family is their biggest nightmare because they’re not out for money. They cannot be bought off."

Getty

27-year-old Anton passed in mid-June after being crushed between his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a gate post on the property of his San Fernando home.

His cause of death was revealed as blunt traumatic asphyxia, which means he experienced a very "rapid" passing.

Yelchin's Jeep had recently been recalled due to "rollaway risk." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said there was a common occurrence of drivers "erroneously concluding that their vehicle’s transmission is in the park position," leading to the possibility that they "may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged." Over 1 million vehicles were included in the recall.

Unfortunately, Yelchin received that notice a full seven days after the risk turned fatal.

View Anton Yelchin Pictures »
PREV NEXT