Over the weekend Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor known for
playing Chekov in the recent Star Trek movies, was killed in what
was referred to as “a freak accident” in his Los Angeles driveway.
But was it really “freak?” It seems to us that lousy design may
have played a role.
Yelchin was found crushed between his car, a 2015 Jeep Grand
Cherokee, and the security gate at the end of his driveway. It
appears that Yelchin had exited his car and walked behind it,
perhaps to close the gate, and apparently believed the
transmission was in “Park.” Instead it appears it was actually in
“Reverse” or “Neutral” and the car rolled down his steep driveway,
This brings us to the design of the 2014-2015 Grand Cherokee’s
That is a horrendous design. Betteridge’s Law be damned, I think the answer to this headline is clearly “Yes”.