Appeals court in Finland hand Jyrki Jarvilehto Lehto his freedom due to insufficient evidence proving he was behind the wheel when the crash happened that ended the life of his friend.
Two time 24 Hours of Le Mans champion, Jyrki Jarvilehto (JJ) has been acquitted of the earlier charges of the speedboat accident that killed his friend. The former Formula One driver was charged with being intoxicated at the time of the crash in 2010.
Lehto was cleared by the Turku Court of Appeal stating that there “was insufficient evidence” to prove that he was the one steering the speedboat when the accident occurred on the narrow channel in the waterway. The speedboat hit a narrow bridge support pillar, and Lehto received injuries as he narrowly escaped death himself.
Last year, the Finn was found guilty of reckless driving while intoxicated and received a two year and four month prison term. At the time, Lehto could not recall what took place but he did continue to claim he was “sitting in the back” (of the boat) when the crash occurred.
The appeals court stated today that “his friend could have been behind the wheel”, allowing Lehto to regain is freedom.
Lehto can now return to his life with his family and friends. Perhaps he might return to racing.