In the wake of accidental death there is very little sense or meaning to be found. There is nothing more frustrating than a life taken too soon, except maybe a life taken too soon in a way that could have been so easily avoided.
We are all mourning yesterday's tragic freak death of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin. The LAPD confirmed that Yelchin's car, which was found pinning him to his own brick mailbox in Studio City, Los Angeles, was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
According to Reuters, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokees, recalled 1.1 million of this brand of car earlier this year due to their “rollaway” risk. Apparently "drivers mistakenly believed they had placed the vehicles in park before exiting."
The recall stated:
“The affected vehicles, equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a monostable gear selector, may not adequately warn the driver when driver’s door is opened and the vehicle is not in PARK, allowing them to exit the vehicle while the vehicle is still in gear.
According to a submission to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as of April 12, 2016, Fiat Chrysler had identified 212 crashes, 308 claims of property damage and 41 injuries all stemming from this defect.
LAPD has not yet publicly declared Yelchin's cause of death. Understandably, his fans are today feeling the pain of his loss.