Reports of beloved Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin’s tragic passing last week are freakish to say the least. In fact, if what many sources are reporting are true, it sounds like something out of a Final Destination movie.
According to Rolling Stone, Yelchin, 27, was crushed between his Jeep Grand Cherokee and the wall surrounding his home. Reports indicate that Yelchin’s friends found him alone, pinned between his car and the wall at the bottom of his steep driveway, suggesting that his car rolled down the hill and struck him after he got out.
Earlier this year, Jeep recalled a number of their Grand Cherokees in response to manufacturing defects; specifically, “rollaway” risks. Owners said that they would get out of the car, thinking they had put it in park, before it would roll forward, apparently staying in neutral.
The voluntary recall was issued in April, and affected 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees. Apparently, the flaw is related to the electronic shifting mechanism. The car reportedly makes no noise to warn the driver that their car is not in park.
By the time the April recall was issued, Fiat Chrysler, parent company to Jeep, had received reports of more than 200 crashes, over 300 incidents of property damage, and as many as 41 injuries related to the “rollaway” issue.
There has been no word yet on whether Yelchin’s family will be filing a product liability lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler.