Star Trek actor dies in freak car accident

RISING STAR: Yelchin is best known for playing Star Fleet officer Chekov in the new Star Trek franchise.


    Jun 21, 2016

    Star Trek actor dies in freak car accident


    ANTON Yelchin, a rising young actor who starred as Chekov in the new Star Trek franchise, was killed early on Sunday in a freak car accident, his publicist said. He was 27.

    "The news is so sad and true," Jennifer Allen said in a statement.

    Yelchin "was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning", she added. "His family requests you respect their privacy."

    The accident took place in the driveway of Yelchin's San Fernando Valley home around 1.10am (4.10pm Singapore time).

    He was preparing to meet friends for a rehearsal and momentarily left his car, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Jenny Hauser said.

    The car "rolled backward down his steep driveway, pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence," she said.

    After he failed to show up, his friends found him dead by the car, she added, saying it was unclear how long after the accident they arrived.

    Born in Russia, Yelchin's breakthrough came in the 2006 crime thriller Alpha Dog.

    His movie credits include J. J. Abrams' Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond, which is set for release next month.