Sunday, June 17, 2018

J.J. Lehto Involved In Fatal Boat Crash - June 17, 2010

June 17, 2010
J.J. Lehto
(Photo: Mulsanne via photopin cc)
Jyrki Järvilehto, better known as "JJ Lehto" is a former Formula One, CART and ALMS series driver. He is also a 2-time winner of both the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

On June 17, 2010, Lehto was involved in a boating accident in Ekenäs. The accident happened when the boat carrying Lehto and his friend, whose identity was not released, hit the base of a bridge in a canal. Lehto was injured and the other man was killed in the accident. Lehto had been drinking throughout the day and was heavily intoxicated at the time of the accident.
(Photo; By Motopark (Own work)
In January 2011, Ilta-Sanomat reported that the police investigations had concluded that no one besides Lehto could have been driving the boat at the time of the accident. Lehto faced charges of negligent homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence. Regardless of the pending trial, Lehto made a return to sportscasting on the Finnish sports-channel UrhoTV, commentating on a DTM event. On December 14, 2011, the District Court found Lehto guilty of drunk sailing and negligent homicide, and sentenced him to two years and four months in prison. Lehto however appealed the decision, and in November 2012, the Court of Appeal cleared him of all charges relating to the accident, finding the evidence regarding who had been driving the boat inconclusive.

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