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Lehto jailed for 28 months

Michael Schumacher's former F1 team-mate JJ Lehto has been sent to prison

Former F1 star and two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner JJ Lehto has been sentenced to 28 months in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter following the boating accident last summer in which his friend was tragically killed.

The speedboat in which Lehto and his friend were travelling collided with a bridge pillar close to Tammisaari on the southern Finnish coast, leaving Lehto himself with head injuries.

The ex-Benetton and Sauber ace said that he had no memory of the early morning June accident, but he failed a blood-alcohol test and the court ruled he was driving the boat when it crashed - something he denies.

His lawyer has said he will appeal.

Lehto competed in 62 F1 grand's prix, making his debut in 1989, although his potential was never realised following a neck-breaking pre-season testing accident at Silverstone in 1994.

He later turned to sportscars and touring cars, in which he achieved tremendous success.

Related Pictures

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J.J. Lehto (SF), Moneytron Onyx ORE-1, 1989 Formula One World Championship
Tom Kristensen/Marco Werner/J.J. Lehto celebrate victory in the 2005 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Mika Salo explains his Le Mans experience to fellow Finn JJ Lehto
JJ Lehto - ADT Champion Racing
JJ Lehto, Team Cadillac, Sebring 2002.

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December 14, 2011 9:04 PM

It does rather beg the question, why was he drinking before going out in a highspeed boat, whether driving or 2nd seat ? Also this accident happened in the morning, so maybe all his drinking was from the night before. More questions than answers unfortunately. He has though suffered head injuries and lost a close friend, some might say that is punishment enough.

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December 14, 2011 8:34 PM

@richard Thats not quite the same, as the family would have no control over the other driver. However, if I (as an adult) get into a boat (boat, car whatever) with a drunk driver, some of that responsibility should fall on me.

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