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Jun 20, 2016 9:17 PM

The Latest: Feds now involved in Yelchin death investigation

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on the death of "Star Trek" film actor Anton Yelchin (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that it is in contact with Los Angeles authorities and Fiat Chrysler regarding the death of "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin.

The federal agency is also urging owners of Jeep Grand Cherokee and other vehicles subject to a recall to make sure their car is in park and completely turned off before they get out.

The statement Monday came a day after the 27-year-old actor was found dead in the driveway of his Studio City home after his 2015 Grand Cherokee pinned him against a mailbox pillar and security fence.

Fiat Chrysler, which issued a recall in April at the urging of the NHTSA because of problems with gear shifters in 1.1 million vehicles, says it is also conducting an investigation into the accident.

The automaker reported 41 injuries potentially linked to the gear shifters.

Owners can check to see if their car is being recalled at www.safercar.gov.


3:45 p.m.

Anton Yelchin's death on Sunday has left behind a number of upcoming projects big and small. The actor was in the midst of a growing career that was increasingly attracting attention for his scrappy talent, seriousness of purpose and deep passion for film.

In just a month, Yelchin will co-star in Paramount's "Star Trek Beyond," again playing his most famous character, Enterprise officer Pavel Chekov. The film is scheduled to have its world premiere in San Diego at the annual fan convention Comic-Con on July 20, before it hits theaters on July 22.

Premiering on Netflix in December is "Trollhunters," a family friendly animated series from Guillermo del Toro. Yelchin voices the show's main character, Jim, who discovers warring trolls living beneath his hometown.


9:45 a.m.

The SUV that killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly.

Los Angeles police say Yelchin died when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway early Sunday. The SUV pinned the 27-year-old against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence.

Fiat Chrysler, which makes Jeeps, said in a statement Monday that it's investigating and it's premature to speculate on the cause of the crash. It offered sympathies to Yelchin's friends and family.

Most 2015 model year Grand Cherokees were part of a global recall of 1.1 million vehicles announced by Fiat Chrysler in April.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged the recall amid complaints that drivers had trouble telling if they had put the automatic transmissions in park. If they weren't in park and a driver left the vehicle, it could roll away.


9:30 a.m.

A Los Angeles coroner's official says the death of "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin has been ruled an accident.

Coroner's spokesman Ed Winter says an autopsy performed Sunday determined the 27-year-old actor died of blunt force asphyxia after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence in his driveway early Sunday.

Winter says any toxicology results will take months to analyze.

Los Angeles police are investigating Yelchin's death. Officer Jane Kim says the investigation will look into whether the actor's vehicle was in gear or in park at the time of the accident.


This item has been corrected to show Yelchin was pinned against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence.


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