The Latest: Actor Anton Yelchin killed by own rolling car

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Posted: Jun 19, 2016 4:05 PM
The Latest: Actor Anton Yelchin killed by own rolling car

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the death of "Star Trek" film actor Anton Yelchin (all times local):

1 p.m.

Los Angeles police say Anton Yelchin, an actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films, was killed by his own car as it rolled backward down his driveway.

Officer Jenny Hosier says the car pinned Yelchin against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence early Sunday. He had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police didn't say why he was behind it when it started rolling.

Hosier says Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal. When he didn't show up, the group came to his home and found him dead.

His biggest role has been in the rebooted "Star Trek" films as navigator Chekov. The third film in the series, "Star Trek Beyond," comes out in July.

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11:05 a.m.

Anton Yelchin, a charismatic and rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films, has died at the age of 27. He was killed in a fatal traffic collision early Sunday morning, his publicist, Jennifer Allen confirmed.

Yelchin started small with roles in indie films and various television shows, before breaking out in films like the crime thriller "Alpha Dog" and the teenage comedy "Charlie Bartlett." His biggest role to date has been in the rebooted "Star Trek" films — the third of which, "Star Trek Beyond" comes out in July.

Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia. His parents were professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when Yelchin was a baby. Yelchin's family requests privacy at this time.