Today according to The Hollywood Reporter, the parents of Anton Yelchin have reached a settlement with Fiat Chrysler, maker of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Trek fans will recall, that Anton was killed in June 2016 at age 27, when his 2015 Cherokee rolled backward down a driveway outside his house, pinning him between a mailbox and a security fence. The model was under a recall for gear shift issues that could lead to the car rolling away. According to documents filed with the lawsuit, Fiat Chrysler had mailed a recall letter to Yelchin, but it was only received seven days after his death.
Fiat Chrysler issued a statement today saying it is:
“pleased that we’ve reached an amicable resolution in this matter. … We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss.”
UPDATE: A spokesperson for Anton Yelchin’s family provided TrekMovie with the following statement on the settlement:
The wrongful death lawsuit filed against Fiat Chrysler and all other defendants, as the result of Anton Yelchin’s untimely death, has been settled.
The terms of the settlement are confidential.
The settlement will go to the Anton Yelchin Foundation and to the filming of a documentary on Anton’s life. The mission of the Foundation is to empower and support young people engaged in creative arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability.
Naturally, Star Trek Beyond was dedicated to Anton (as well as Leonard Nimoy who had passed on in 2015 while pre-production was under way for Beyond), with a title card at the end of the credits that said “For Anton”.
The Academy Awards gave tribute to Anton during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of the 2017 ceremony (see image below). Yelchin showed up again with Star Trek during the 2018 ceremony, in a montage celebrating 90 years of film.
In October 2017 a statue of Anton was unveiled in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, among others Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, and JJ Abrams were in attendance.
Yelchin’s family also set up a foundation in his name with the mission of “Helping young artists shine like diamonds.” You can learn more at antonyelchinfoundation.org.
And in December 2017 the De Buck Gallery in New York, NY hosted the “Anton Yelchin: Provocative Beauty” exhibit, featuring the late actor’s photography.
Yelchin’s final film out now
Yelchin’s final role was in the indie film Thoroughbreds, which was released earlier this month. The trailer is below: