Anton Yelchin probably didn't suffer long before death, coroner says

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'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin Killed by Jeep Under Recall

Anton Yelchin, the "Star Trek" actor who was killed in a freak accident at age 27 on Sunday, likely didn't suffer long before he died, a representative for the Los Angeles County coroner's office told TheWrap on Tuesday.

"Due to his injuries he most likely died within a minute or so," the representative said.

Yelchin, who played navigator Pavel Chekov in the "Star Trek" reboot films, was fatally pinned between his own car and a brick mailbox at his San Fernando Valley home, police told TheWrap.

Yelchin was en route to meet his friends for a rehearsal when the accident occurred at approximately 1:10 a.m. on Sunday. After he did not show up, friends responded to his residence where they located him deceased, police said.

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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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Yelchin's reported vehicle, a late-model Jeep grand Cherokee, was subject to a recall by manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA), following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study that investigated 14 complaints of "rollaway" after intended transmission shifts to the "Park" gear. The recall was issued in April.

"Drivers erroneously concluding that their vehicle's transmission is in the PARK position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged," the NHTSA concluded, calling for a voluntary recall for FCA to update software.

In a statement issued Monday, FCA said it would be "premature" to blame the actor's death on the defect, but said tat it is "conducting a thorough investigation" into the incident.

"FCA US extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin," the Detroit-based corporation told TheWrap. "The company will be conducting a thorough investigation of this tragic incident. It is premature to speculate on its cause at this time."

In addition to the "Star Trek" films, Yelchin's credits also included 2006's "Alpha Dog."

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