Star Trek's Pavel Chekov, actor Anton Yelchin killed in bizarre accident

June 20, 2016

A bizarre accident has killed, Anton Yelchin, the 27 year old actor best known for his role as Pavel Chekov the rebooted Star Trek movies. Colleges became worried when Yelchin failed to show up for rehearsal and went to his Studio City, California home. They were shocked to see Yelchin pinned between his Jeep Grand Cherokee and the brick pillar of a mailbox. It appears he had exited his car and was behind it when the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway, crushing him. He was alone at the time.  A key part of the investigation of his death may revolve around his Jeep Grand Cherokee. Earlier this year certain models were recalled for their “rollaway” risk after drivers were injured when they mistakenly thought they had shifted their car to park. Fiat Chrysler issued a voluntary recall two months ago for certain 2012 to 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs that were manufactured between July 16, 2012, and December 22, 2015.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the affected vehicles, equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a monostable gear selector, may not adequately warn the driver when driver’s door is opened and the vehicle is not in PARK, allowing them to exit the vehicle while the vehicle is still in gear. Drivers thinking that their vehicle’s transmission is in the PARK position 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. Yelchin was most known for playing the role of Chekov in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond, which is set for release in July. Has your Jeep been recalled? Click here to enter your Chrysler Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to find out if it has been recalled.

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