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Was Anton Yelchin’s Jeep Faulty?

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Remind me never to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

LAPD are investigating whether the Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin had some kind of  design flaw to it, that somehow made it possible for the vehicle to roll after being parked. I know, it seems far fetched but it’s also part of the weirdness of this tragic death.

Just to fill ya in, the 27 year old actor’s body was found on Sunday pinned between his own car and the gate to his house in Studio City, California, after his vehicle rolled backward down the steep driveway.

The spokesperson says the car was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee – the same model that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled in April after the vehicle was investigated for a possible transmission issue, an FCA official tells PEOPLE.

“We are looking into that,” the LAPD spokesperson says. “The investigation is still ongoing and the traffic detectives will look at all of those factors as they would in any traffic collision investigation. So, at this time we’re not sure what caused it, but that’s something investigators are looking at.”

The FCA official tells PEOPLE that 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, manufactured between July 16, 2012 and Dec. 22, 2015, were recalled by the company after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated a possible transmission defect.

The vehicle’s gear-shift design makes it difficult to tell what gear the vehicle is in, according to a report from the NHTSA.

In the report, the NHTSA said that “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.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, FCA officials said it is too early “to speculate on the cause of this tragedy.”

The L.A. County Medical Examiner’s Office told PEOPLE that it’s believed Yelchin’s vehicle was not properly parked before he walked behind the car. Lt. Larry Dietz with the L.A. County coroner’s office told CBS News that the office “concluded that Yelchin’s death was an accident” caused by “blunt traumatic asphyxia.”

Dietz said it appeared Yelchin hadn’t properly put his car in park – he added that it was “just one of those freak accidents.”

No cause of death has been determined yet OR what caused the crash, according to LAPD Media relations officer Andrew Neiman:

“At this time, all indications appear to lead our investigators to believe this was a tragic accident,” he said. “The investigation is ongoing so we have not made any final determination as to the cause of the accident only that it does appear to be accidental and not an intentional act.”

As of April, the automaker was aware of 41 injuries potentially related to the transmission defect, the company said in a statement.

However, “the vehicles involved in these events were inspected and no evidence of equipment failure was found.”

The company official says that the vehicles have “warning chimes” and lights that let the driver know what gear the car is in.

“However, investigation suggested these measures may be insufficient to deter some drivers from exiting their vehicles without selecting ‘park.’ ”

(Via People)

Ugh, so sad. And so strange. What do YOU think- was it a faulty vehicle or just one of those horrible, tragic things that happens?

Phoot: FameFlynet

 

Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 at 8:08am
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Ozzy And Sharon Osbourne Are Still A Couple. -And Other LINKS!!!

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Posted Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 12:12pm
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North West And Penelope Disick Had A Little Mermaid Birthday Party

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The Kardashians are not one to half-ass birthday parties, especially not for North West and Penelope Disick!

North, who turned 3 on June 15, and Penelope, who turns 4 on July 8, had themselves a lil’ mermaid-themed party with most of the Kardashian-Jenners in attendance. And the birthday girls had had DEMANDS. Khloé admitted on Instagram that her nieces asked her to wear the new ‘do: “When your nieces request you wear lavender hair to their mermaid party. You wear lavender hair. Anything for my babies!” she wrote.

Kylie Jenner, 18, opted for a more casual look but documented the thing in a lot of cute snaps. Look at this stuff. Isn’t it neat? LOL.

Photos: Snapchat

Posted Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 11:11am
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‘Star Trek’ Star Anton Yelchin Dies At 27

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So sad…and strange?

Actor Anton Yelchin died Sunday morning strangely, and I don’t quite know what to make of it (aside from being sad, and of course, feeling for those who were close to him).

The 27-year-old actor, who is known for his roles in “Star Trek” and “Alpha Dog,” was killed early Sunday morning after getting pinned by his own car. I’m not quite sure how it happened, and I don’t think the authorities do, either. Yelchin’s friends stopped by after he was supposed to meet them hours earlier for a rehearsal. According to TMZ, they went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1 AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate.

Law enforcement officials say that engine was running when his body was discovered, and the car was in neutral. The driveway was on a fairly steep incline but it’s  unclear why he got out of the car.

So sad.

RIP, Anton.

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Posted Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 8:08am
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