Monday 23 October 2017

French prosecutors to hold press briefing to reveal findings into Michael Schumacher's skiing accident so far

A file shot of Michael Schumacher. Photo: Reuters
A file shot of Michael Schumacher. Photo: Reuters
Michael Schumacher skis in northern Italy in this file photo

Jack De Menezes

French prosecutors investigating the skiing accident that left seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher in an induced coma will hold a press conference tomorrow to reveal their latest findings.

Local prosecutor Patrick Quincy has confirmed that the conference will take place in the Alpine town of Albertville, situated 27 miles north of the exclusive Meribel ski resort where Schumacher had his accident that left his with severe head injuries and in a medically induced coma.

Investigators have been focusing on Schumacher’s speed at the time of the crash, and spoke to his manager Sabine Kehm after she claimed that speed was not a factor in the accident.

According to Kehm, Schumacher hit a rock on the ground that saw him “catapulted in the air” before landing “apparently head down” onto another rock, with the impact splitting his helmet in two.

It was a camera in the helmet that prosecutors wanted to analyse to determine the cause of the accident, with Kehm confirming that it was “voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family" in an attempt to assist their investigation.

Prosecutors also want to look at whether the limits of the ski runs near the accident site were marked correctly, and specifically whether the rock which Schumacher collided with was lying close enough to the piste that it should require either a sign or some sort of protection.

They are also looking into whether Schumacher’s safety releases on his skis functioned correctly during the accident.

The latest official update came on New Year’s Eve that confirmed Schumacher had undergone a second successful operation in which he had shown a “slight improvement”, but also stressed that he remains in a “stable but critical condition” as he fights for his life.

The former Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes driver turned 45 on Friday, with the Italian manufacturer organising a silent vigil outside of the Grenoble University Hospital where he was recovering in tribute to Schumacher.

Kehm has also 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”.

She also requested for the privacy of the Schumacher family to be respected.

While the Formula One driver remains in a critical condition it has been revealed Schumacher made a €900milion will because “of the things that can happen in everyday life.”

The eerily prophetic statement was made in an interview with a German magazine in 2010.

Schumacher made a will to distribute his €900 million cash, cars and property empire among his wife and two children just three years before the ski accident which has left him fighting for his life.

Back in 2010 he admitted that he made a will for the first time, telling a German magazine: “Yes, I have made my testament because I am a family man.

Independent News Service

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