15Anton Yelchin - Crushed By Own Car
27-year-old Anton Yelchin’s star was still very much on the rise when, in June 2016, the media reported his shocking and untimely death. The L.A. county coroner’s office cited “blunt traumatic asphyxia” that occurred when his Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a brick pillar outside his Hollywood home.
The Fiat Chrysler model was part of a recall that affected the gearshift, leading to unintended rolling.
Though there were no witnesses, investigators suspect that the Star Trek actor left his jeep running at the top of his steep driveway when he walked down to check the mail. The vehicle slipped out of gear and rolled into him.
Yelchin’s parents filed a wrongful death suit against Fiat Chrysler but the dealership refused to accept responsibility for the accident, citing “misuse, misapplication, or damage” by Yelchin. Fortunately, the court rejected the dealership’s counter-argument, and ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.