Car company fires back at lawsuit filed by Anton Yelchin's parents
Anton Yelchin's death was a result of his own "misuse, misapplication, or damage" of his Jeep, the Chrysler dealership in Valencia, California, has claimed.
The Star Trek star was killed in a freak car accident in June (16), when he was pinned between a brick pillar and his vehicle after it rolled backwards down the steep driveway of his home in the San Fernando Valley, California.
His parents Victor and Irina Yelchin are suing executives at Fiat Chrysler, alleging the gear selector in the 27-year-old's Jeep Grand Cherokee was defective.
However, the company has now filed its response to the lawsuit, asking the judge to remove them from the case because they had nothing to do with the accident.
The dealership lists a host of reasons they should not be held responsible for Yelchin's death, including the fact that the actor's "misuse, misapplication, or damage" of his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee led to the accident that killed him.
While it's not stated in the documents, obtained by TMZ.com, the outlet reports "the dealer seems to be hinting Anton made aftermarket changes that damaged the SUV."
The company also claims Yelchin's parents have not preserved the vehicle since the accident, meaning the critical evidence in the case has therefore been compromised.
Following the accident, Fiat Chrysler chiefs launched an investigation into Yelchin's incident, while they were also hit with a class action lawsuit from fellow car owners days after the actor's accident.
After the Yelchins filed their lawsuit against the company, their attorney Gary A. Dordick, revealed a recall letter for the vehicle was sent to the actor a month before his death and a week after he was killed.
"The safety recall was way too little and way too late," Dordick said. "We hope this lawsuit will teach them a lesson."
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