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JJ Lehto Faces Charges In Fatal Boat Crash

Posted in Crashes, Formula 1, General, Newsworthy, Racing by Kurt Ernst | June 23rd, 2010 | 6 Responses |

JJ Lehto, the Finish driver who competed in F1 from 1989 to 1994 and in endurance racing until his retirement in 2005, was involved in a fatal boating accident in southern Finland on June 17. Autoevolution reports that Lehto was piloting a 20 foot boot through a narrow canal when he struck a bridge piling at considerable speed. He was ejected from the boat and suffered multiple fractures, broken ribs and a head injury. His passenger, identified only as a friend of Lehto’s, was killed in the accident.

Authorities are waiting to interview Lehto, who is still heavily medicated. Blood tests conducted on Lehto post-crash indicate a BAC above the impaired level, and speed was definitely a factor. The narrow canal has a speed limit of 5 kilometers per hour, but accident reconstruction indicates the boat hit the bridge pillar at an estimated 70 kilometers per hour.

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6 Responses

  1. That’s Johnny Herbert, the British driver, not JJ Lehto.

  2. Kurt says:

    Glenda, you’re correct. Picture updated, and thanks for catching that.

    The two drivers do look quite a bit alike. It makes me wonder why I’ve never seen a picture of Johnny Herbert standing next to JJ Lehto. Could they really be the same person?

  3. Stefan says:

    The picture shows JJ and not Johnny. Both have been my team mates at Champion Racing.

  4. Kurt says:

    Stefan, you’re correct – the picture now shows JJ Lehto. Glenda caught my error in originally posting Johnny Herbert’s picture.

    I’m honored to have you reading my posts, and appreciate your accomplishments in motorsports. Do you have any new projects on the horizon?

  5. Jan Hermstad says:

    I think…. this is a big cover up.
    I believe my fried from Suomo Finland:’Simo” was part of this scene…and died
    email me if you care
    Hotlanta Ga

  6. BMW DR says:

    Yep. It was Simo and if you know Simo you know that the account of the crash sounds about right. I’m really not suprised as Simo lived every minute wide open but with him he almost seemed bigger than life. Everyone will miss him.