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Parents Sue Over Crash That Killed ‘Star Trek’ Actor Anton Yelchin


Victor and Irina Yelchin filed the wrongful-death and product-liability lawsuit against automaker Fiat Chrysler in Los Angeles Superior Court roughly six weeks after their son was killed. Their attorney revealed on Monday that the lawsuit was to be filed.

The suit contends that the gear selector in the actor’s Jeep was defective and poorly designed and manufactured.

“Anton Yelchin was crushed and lingered alive for some time, trapped and suffocating until his death,” the lawsuit says.

It does not say how much Yelchin’s parents are seeking in damages. The actor was the Yelchins’ only son, and they filed Friday to oversee his estate, which is valued at nearly $1.4 million. That filing stated Yelchin left behind at least $641,000 in personal property and had $731,000 in equity in his home, and that he died without a will.

Anton Yelchin left behind several unreleased projects, including the Netflix animated series “Trollhunters” and four films.

The actor’s Jeep rolled backward down the driveway of his Los Angeles home June 19, pinning him between a mailbox and a security fence. The SUV was among 1.1 million vehicles recalled in April because its gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly and leading to dozens of injuries.

The lawsuit says Yelchin’s SUV did not engage or maintain its “park” gear and that led to the vehicle crushing the actor.

Fiat Chrysler extended its sympathies to Yelchin’s parents in a statement released before the suit was filed but added that…

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