Star Trek fans the world over recall the untimely death of Anton Yelchin, who famously portrayed the classic and original beloved Trek character, Pavel Chekov, who was the USS Enterprise’s navigator, originally played by Walter Koenig.
The 27 year old Russian-born actor also appeared in over 50 films, some of which were critically acclaimed. However, in June of 2016, Yelchin was killed outside of his Los Angeles home, when his Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee, a Fiat brand, rolled downhill toward the actor, pinning him against a concrete mailbox.
In August of 2016, Yelchin’s parents filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler, alleging that the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s gear changer was not only faulty, but also the accidental and deadly cause of the young and popular actor’s death. This was seemingly supported by the world wide recall of 1.1 million Fiat vehicles in April of 2016 over similar issues, with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration actually confirming that the ongoing issue was a flaw in the company’s automatic transmission and its gear shift mechanism.
It can now be reported that Yelchin’s parents have indeed come to an agreed and undisclosed settlement with Fiat Chrysler over their son’s death. Fiat has likewise expressed its support and appreciation over reaching a reasonable and mutual resolution in the case, while also releasing a statement in which it said, “We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss.”
While the parties have not disclosed the amount of the settlement agreed to between both sides, Yelchin’s family has indicated that the settlement will be spent in part on funding the Anton Yelchin Foundation, which helps young people in the arts, living and working with illness and disability, along with research into cystic fibrosis, a disease which Anton Yelchin was born with. Likewise, a portion of the settlement money will also go toward the funding of a documentary on the young and talented actor’s life.
Anton Yelchin continues to be sorely missed by the Star Trek community and fan base, with SciFiPulse’s deepest sympathies once again going out to the Yelchin family.