Prosecutors continuing with Schumacher accident investigation

Prosecutors continuing with Schumacher accident investigation

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Prosecutors continuing with Schumacher accident investigation


French prosecutors investigating the skiing accident that left seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher with serious head injuries will hold a press conference on Wednesday to inform the media of their findings, according to a report by Britain’s The Independent newspaper.

Schumacher’s family handed Schumacher’s helmet camera over to aid in the investigation by prosecutors, who are attempting to verify the speed of the accident, and to determine whether the limits of the ski runs near the accident site were appropriately marked.

Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm has maintained that speed was not a factor in the accident. According to Kehm, Schumacher hit a rock on the ground which “catapulted in the air” before landing “apparently head down” onto another rock, with the impact splitting his helmet in two. 

Schumacher, 45, remains in a medically induced coma following the Dec. 29 accident at a hospital in Grenoble. After reports on Saturday attributed to Schumacher friend and former F1 driver Philippe Streiff claimed that the German was “out of danger,” Kehm issued a statement that stressed that only official press releases and news from the family should be believed, and that anything reported elsewhere “must be treated as invalid and pure speculation.”

There has been no official update since Dec. 31, which confirmed Schumacher had shown a “slight improvement” following a second surgical operation but that he remains in a “stable but critical condition.”

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