Lehto ‘seriously injured’ in boating accident
23 June 2010 – Ex Grand Prix driver J.J. Lehto has sustained heavy injuries after being involved in a boating accident in which a friend lost his life at the weekend. The 44-year-old from Espoo, who is now recovering in hospital, is believed to have suffered head injuries as well as broken ribs.
The pleasure craft in question was a 210 Fission ski boat, powered by 300 horsepower engines. According to reports in the Finnish media, the pair were involved in an accident at approximately 4am after dining in a Chinese restaurant in the town of Raasepori, of which just over half is water-covered areas.
With Lehto being the owner of a summer cottage on one of the town’s nearby islands, the two men are believed to have been travelling at approximately 40 knots per hour (46mph) when the incident occurred but in a 5 knots per hour (6mph) zone. The vessel has since been retrieved by police after hitting the base of a bridge.
At present, it is unknown as to which of the men was driving the boat. With his companion having been killed, as latest reports confirm, injured Lehto – who drove in F1 with Onyx, Scuderia Italia, Sauber and Benetton between 1989 and 1994 - is expected to have recovered to the shore unaided before receiving assistance.