Star Trek reboot actor, Anton Yelchin, dies following vehicle roll-away accident

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is conducting a "thorough investigation" into the death of "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin, spokesman Eric Mayne said in a statement on Monday.

When Yelchin's body was found, his vehicle was in neutral, with the engine still running. "So, at this time we're not sure what caused it, but that's something investigators are looking at".

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which upgraded a probe into the roadway injuries and complaints in February, said in April that the shifter was "clearly a safety issue" leading to hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries.

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee that the Star Trek actor was driving at the time of his passing had been recalled recently.

It was a total freak accident, but perhaps Anton Yelchin's death is one that could have been prevented.

It has not been determined whether this defect was the reason the vehicle rolled into Yelchin. Director J.J. Abrams, who directed Yelchin in the rebooted "Star Trek" franchise, remembered the actor in a statement on Twitter, writing, "You were brilliant".

See Anton Yelchin in Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond when it hits theaters on July the 22nd.

Having started acting as a child, the charming young Yelchin proved himself adept in both mainstream blockbusters such as Star Trek as well as indie films such as Only Lovers Left Alive, Like Crazy and Charlie Bartlett.



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