Probe into Schumacher fall closed and no one found guilty

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Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy

French investigators have ruled out any third party involvement in the ski accident of multiple Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher and have closed the case, the local prosecutor said on Monday.

“The investigation into the causes and consequences of the 29 December skiing accident of Michael Schumacher…has been closed on 12 February,” Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy said in a statement.

“No person has been found guilty of any violation.”

Schumacher, 45, has undergone two operations since sustaining brain injuries after hitting his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel.

Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna in 2005

Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna in 2005

The seven time World Champion was in a stable but critical condition until late January and doctors in the Grenoble hospital have started waking him up progressively by lowering his sedation.

The investigators tried to determine if any third party was responsible for his accident and if Schumacher was aware that he was skiing beyond the marked-out zone.

“Signalling, demarcation and information given on the limits of the piste were in line with the French standards,” the prosecutor said.

Schumacher, who quit F1 in 2012 after a disappointing three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006, won a record 91 grands prix. (Reuters)

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