F1 » Ex-F1 star JJ Lehto liable for manslaughter charge

Michael Schumacher's former F1 team-mate JJ Lehto could find himself having to answer a manslaughter charge after Finnish police concluded that he was driving the speedboat in which his friend was killed last summer

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January 26, 2011 6:26 PM

jose. there is NO way that jj would face a lethal injection in texas or anywhere else in the world. it was an accident, caused by TWO persons in a boat. and if you read the article, it says that jj COULD face manslaughter charges. (manslaughter is involuntary killng---accident). he may not even face the charge, and we dont know what culpability exists. it seems as if many want to be judge and jury, without hearing the evidence.
apart from that, because of its remoteness, most of scandanavians partake of drink, and it is a very big problem there. that doesnt excuse jj, but ALL factors have to be taken into account.

Oli - Unregistered

January 26, 2011 9:47 PM

Whilst I agree that anyone found guilty of causing the death of another through drink driving deserves little sympathy, regardless of whether they are an ex F1 star or work in McDonalds, I must also point out that no one has yet even been charged, far less been found guilty in a court of law.


Alan D - Unregistered

January 26, 2011 10:47 PM

Mark, when I read this story about JJL it brought back exactly the same thoughts as you expressed. Its easy to be judgemental from afar when we don't know the facts. Its much harder when its people who are close to us and we see first hand the devastating effects, not just on the two friends in the car, but on both their families.

jose - Unregistered

January 27, 2011 2:46 AM

richard, I see you know nothing about Texas justice..
true he wouldn't be executed, but I can assur
you he would get 20 long ones without patrol.
Car or boat no matter still a DUI...
DUI with injury, 5 long ones min.
DUI with death, Adios amigos 20 (life)long ones

So richard fire up your Ferrari, knock down a liter
of Mexican 'Black Worm' Tequila, Zoom about and take out the local school crossing guard..cool..
Be sure richard you tell that Texas judge it was "just an accident", your Ass is grass, never to be seen again!..Adios..



January 27, 2011 6:56 PM

jose. well if thats the case, thank god jj doesnt live in texas. but as i, and others have said, jj has not been charged, let alone been tried and found guilty. we dont know the full facts as yet. if the passenger was also drunk, then he was a contributory factor. when sailing, you should never drink, as it would seriously affect your ability to survive if thrown into the water.

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