Anton Yelchin died about one minute after his accident, coroner says

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Anton Yelchin's Tragic Accident

Anton Yelchin died around a minute after his car accident, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has confirmed to ET.

The 27-year-old actor's cause of death has also been confirmed as traumatic asphyxia, a condition arising from intense compression on the chest.

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Actor Anton Yelchin poses during ceremonies for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards in Beverly Hills November 7, 2013. Yelchin performed some of the winning scripts at the event. The Nicholl Fellowships is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Cast members Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin (L) of the film "Like Crazy" speak during a news conference at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, September 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast members Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin pose at the premiere of "Like Crazy" at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California October 25, 2011. The movie opens in the U.S. on October 28. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PORTRAIT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin attends the red carpet for the movie "Cymbeline" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin poses during the photo call for the movie "Cymbeline" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Michael Almereyda (C) poses with cast members Milla Jovovich (2nd R), Ethan Hawke (R), John Leguizamo (L) and Anton Yelchin attend the red carpet for the movie "Cymbeline" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actors (L-R) Anton Yelchin, Elle Fanning, Taraji P. Henson and Jason Isaacs, pose during ceremonies for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards in Beverly Hills November 7, 2013. The actors performed the winning scripts at the event. The Nicholl Fellowships is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin poses during the photo call for the movie "Cymbeline" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo
Cast members Anton Yelchin (C), Alexandra Daddario (L) and Ashley Greene pose during the photo call for the movie "Burying the ex" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin poses during the photo call for the movie "Burying the ex" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo
Actor Anton Yelchin poses during ceremonies for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards in Beverly Hills November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo
Cast member Anton Yelchin poses at the U.S. premiere of the film "Terminator Salvation" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California, May 14, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin of the film "Like Crazy" poses during a news conference at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto September 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin arrives on the red carpet for the film "Like Crazy" during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) September 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Anton Yelchin holds his Hollywood Spotlight Award backstage at the 15th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, California October 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin poses at the premiere of "Fierce People" at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles August 29, 2007. The movie opens in the U.S. on September 14. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
U.S actors Anton Yelchin poses for a photocall for his film "Fright Night" during the 37th American Film Festival in Deauville, September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Anton Yelchin arrives for the premiere of "The Beaver" at The Paramount Theater during the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Rahav Segev (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Fourteen year old actor Mika Boorem (L) and twelve year old co-star Anton Yelchin arrive at the world premiere of their film "Hearts in Atlantis" at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 7, 2001. "Hearts in Atlantis" is directed by Scott Hicks and stars Anthony Hopkins. REUTERS/Mike Cassese MC/ME
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The Star Trek actor lost his life after he was struck by his car in the driveway of his Los Angeles home on Sunday. He is believed to have stepped out of his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and left the engine running, before the vehicle rolled down and pinned him to a brick pillar and security fence.

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It appeared that Yelchin did not properly place his vehicle in park. However, the same car has been under investigation for its "e-shift" transmissions, which are said to lack tactile and visual feedback, therefore "increasing the potential for unintended gear selection."

More than 850,000 vehicles – predominantly 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees – were involved in the investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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"NHTSA is in contact with local authorities and Fiat Chrysler to understand all of the facts related to this tragic crash, including whether or not this was caused by the current issue under recall," the organization said in a statement. "Last year, NHTSA initiated an investigation into the issue. Then, in April, FCA acknowledged the defect, and issued a recall at NHTSA's urging. Until all of these recalled vehicles are fixed, owners should take extra care to make sure their car is in park and turned completely off before exiting."


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