Former grand prix and sports car driver JJ Lehto has been freed of all charges for his part in the boat accident that killed a friend in 2010.
Last year, Lehto had been sentenced to two years and four months in prison after a court found he was drunk and speeding on his boat before crashing into a bridge support pillar in Finland in July of 2010. Lehto, 46, had appealed the sentence, claiming he was not steering the boat, but instead sitting in the back when the accident occurred.
The Finn, has now been cleared of all charges.
Lehto's F1 career was hurt by neck damage he sustained in a testing crash before the 1994 season, but his switch to sports cars was swiftly vindicated when he won the '95 Le Mans 24 Hour race driving the then-new McLaren F1 GTR. By the time he quit full-time racing at the end of 2005, he had added another Le Mans win and two Sebring 12 Hours titles to his résumé, following stints with both BMW and Audi.