‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin dies in car crash at age 27

FILE - In this June 11, 2015, file photo, Anton Yelchin arrives at a special screening of "Burying the Ex" held at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. 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, June 19, 2016, his publicist confirmed. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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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