Prosecutor rules out criminal wrongdoing in Schumi ski fall

2014-02-17 13:04

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Paris – French investigators have ruled out any criminal wrongdoing in the debilitating ski accident of Formula One great Michael Schumacher.

Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy said in a statement released by his office that “no infraction by anyone has been turned up” and the probe has been closed.

Quincy was responding to questions about whether the Meribel ski station in the French Alps, or an equipment maker, might have had some role in Schumacher’s injury.

The German motor racing legend suffered serious head injuries on December 29 when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock off the side of a demarcated slope in Meribel. Schumacher has been treated at Grenoble University Hospital in southeastern France since then.

Quincy’s office said the rock that caused Schumacher to fall was 10.4m away from another rock on which he had hit his head – and each were more than 4m away from the edge of the red-level piste that he was on.

The prosecutor’s statement said: “The accident took place in an off-piste area. The signage, marking, staking and information provided about the edges of this slope adhere to French norms in place.”

For many fans, the biggest concern is about Schumacher’s health and recovery prospects – and doctors have started waking him from a medically induced coma. The most recent in a string of statements from his spokesperson was released last week but did not provide further details about his health, citing privacy concerns.

Experts have said it might be months before Schumacher’s prognosis becomes clear and that lasting brain damage is a possibility.

Schumacher (45) earned universal acclaim for his exceptional and sometimes ruthless driving talent, which led to a record 91 race wins. He retired from Formula One in 2012 after garnering an unmatched seven world titles. His accident happened on a family holiday in the Alps while he was skiing with his 14-year-old son.

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