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Criminal activity ruled out in Schumacher ski accident

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-17

Patrick Quincy, a French prosecutor leading the investigation into former Formula One driver Michael Schumacher’s devastating ski accident, announced on Monday that investigators have ruled out the possibility of any criminal wrongdoing in the case.

The prosecutor’s office in the eastern French town of Albertville released a statement on Monday in which Quincy said that “no infraction by anyone has been turned up.”

Schumacher, 45, suffered serious head injuries December 29 after he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock off the side of a demarcated slope in the French ski resort of Meribel. The German has been treated in Grenoble University Hospital since then.

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

Meanwhile, Schumacher’s doctors have started waking him from an induced coma.

A statement from his spokeswoman declined to provide further details about his health, citing privacy concerns. Experts have said, however, that it will likely be months before Schumacher’s prognosis becomes clear, noting that long-term brain damage is a possibility.

Schumacher is the most successful Formula One driver of all time with a record 91 victories among his achievements. He won his titles with Benetton and Ferrari.

He left the sport in 2012 after a three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006. The German lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

Date created : 2014-02-17

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