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.