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Parents of Anton Yelchin File Wrongful Death Suit Against Fiat-Chrysler

© AP Photo / Charles KrupaJeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee - Sputnik International
The parents of Russian-born American film actor Anton Yelchin filed a wrongful death suit against Fiat-Chrysler on Tuesday for a faulty gear shift responsible for their son’s June 19 death.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Jeep was among the 1.1 million vehicles subject to an April 2015 safety recall due to problems with the gearshift.

“In spite of our unbelievable grief, we decided to come here to prevent other family from the same tragedy,” Victor Yelchin said in a press conference in Los Angeles alongside his wife Irina and family lawyer, Gary Dordick.

Actor Anton Yelchin poses during the photocall of the movie Burying The Ex presented out of competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido - Sputnik International
Maserati Recalling 13,000 Cars Following Death of Star Trek Actor Yelchin

Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor who portrayed Pavel Chekov in the summer blockbuster Star Trek: Beyond, was killed in a roll-away incident in June, when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee shifted out of park and pinned him against a mailbox pillar at his home in Los Angeles.

Yelchin’s family moved from Leningrad, now called Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1989 as refugees and moved to Los Angeles, California when Anton was six months old.

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