Former F1 driver JJ Lehto freed over boat crash

JJ LehtoNov.30 (Reuters) Ex Formula One driver and Le Mans winner Jyrki Jarvilehto, who raced as JJ Lehto, has been released from all charges relating to a drunken boat accident in 2010 which killed his friend.

The court of appeal in Turku on Friday said that it was not clear whether Finn Jarvilehto or his friend had been driving the boat when it hit a bridge support pillar in southern Finland.

He was sentenced last year, to two years and four months in jail by a district court, which said that the victim’s injuries had indicated that he had been the passenger and Jarvilehto the driver.

Jarvilehto appealed the sentence, saying that he had been sitting in the back of the boat when the crash happened.

The 46-year-old Finn drove in F1 between 1989 and 1994. His best result was a third place in a Dallara Judd in the 1991 San Marino Grand Prix. Jarvilehto won the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1995 and 2005.

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