Former grand prix driver and two-time Le Mans winner JJ Lehto has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison for his part in the boat accident that killed a friend last year.
The Finn was injured and his friend died in the crash, which took place in June of 2010 when the boat they were traveling on struck a bridge support in Finland. A Finnish court said the 45-year-old was drunk and speeding on his boat, according to Reuters.
Lehto had denied he was driving the boat and will appeal the sentence, his lawyer told Finnish news agency STT.
Lehto drove in Formula 1 from 1988 to 1994, achieving a third place at the 1991 San Marino GP as his best result. He went on to achieve considerable success in sports cars, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995 and 2005, as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1999 and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in 2003.