Family of 'Star Trek' actor settles with Fiat Chrysler over fatal accident

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Late actor Anton Yelchin's parents Irina (left) and Viktor Yelchin hold a press conference regarding the accidental death of their son at the Beverly Hills Marriott on August 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

The Yelchins' lawsuit alleged those gear selectors were the cause of the actor's death.

Fiat Chrysler, the makers of the SUV, said in a statement released on Thursday (March 22) that it was "pleased" the lawsuit had come to "an amicable resolution".

According to TMZ, the money will go to the Anton Yelchin Foundation, which aims to "empower and support young people engaged in creative arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability". Yelchin showed up again with Star Trek during the 2018 ceremony, in a montage celebrating 90 years of film. Yelchin's former "Star Trek" castmate, John Cho, told The Washington Post after Yelchin's death that he could not "begin to express how badly my heart has been broken by his passing".

Yelchin had been driving a auto that come under scrutiny for its gear system.

The actor was killed at age 27 when his 2015 Cherokee rolled backward down the driveway of his Los Angeles home, pinning him between a mailbox and a security fence.

Fiat Chrysler announced a recall of the car and other models in April 2016 after the USA auto safety regulator said 117 crashes and 28 injuries had been linked to the vehicles rolling off freely when drivers thought they had locked them in "park".

With a regular gearstick, drivers choose a transmission option (park, reverse, neutral, drive, etc.) by moving the stick into the corresponding notch or detent.

But a new, different, design was used in the cars affected by the recall, which include certain recent models of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Dordick said when he filed the lawsuit that Fiat Chrysler had mailed a recall letter to Yelchin that was received seven days after his death.

"FCA US extends its most honest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin", Fiat Chrysler said in a statement at the time.

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