JJ Lehto acquitted in boat accident

© AP, 30 November 2012
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A Finnish court has acquitted former Formula 1 driver Jyrki Jarvilehto, known as JJ Lehto on the track, of drunken driving in a boat accident that killed his friend.

The Turku Court of Appeal says there was insufficient evidence to show that Lehto was steering the speedboat when it slammed into a bridge in a narrow channel in 2010.

A lower court had found Lehto guilty of drunken and dangerous driving, but the appeals court said his friend could have been behind the wheel.

The 46-year-old former racing driver was injured in the accident, saying he remembers little about it because he had been drinking for several days.

Lehto was a Formula 1 driver from 1989 to 1994. He won the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1995 and 2005.


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