Ex-F1 star JJ Lehto has reportedly been injured in a boating accident in his homeland in which a friend tragically died.

The accident happened on Friday morning at around 4am, when the small boat in which the pair were travelling hit a bridge support in Tammisaari on Finland's south coast, throwing both men out upon impact. The former Benetton, Sauber, Scuderia Italia and Onyx ace was thankfully able to swim to shore and summon help, but his passenger was sadly not so fortunate and his body was found by police several hours later.

Lehto has yet to be formally identified by local police, but the 44-year-old was recognised by people on the scene. The two-time Le Mans 24 Hours-winner is understood to be suffering from head injuries and broken ribs, and is expected to remain in hospital overnight.

Having left the grand prix grid in 1994 following 62 races at the highest level, the Espoo native returned to F1 in 2001 when he became an expert commentator for Finnish TV station MTV3, a role he still fulfils today.

All at Crash.net wish JJ a speedy recovery.


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Actually it was more or less daylight by then. Sun rose at 3:55 and about 30 minutes before that it's already light enough for good visual navigation.