Investigators to interview Michael Schumacher’s manager over account of accident
No update given on former champion’s condition by the hospital
Sabine Kehm, manager for Michael Schumacher, arrives at the hospital in Grenoble, French Alps, yesterday.
The Dauphiné Libéré newspaper based in Grenoble, where Schumacher is being treated for serious head injuries, reported yesterday that prosecutor Patrice Quincy had not been aware of manager Sabine Kehm’s account of the accident, which he intended to verify.
On Tuesday, Kehm rejected speculation that skiing at high speed may have caused the off-piste accident on Sunday just after 11am. She told reporters that he appeared to hit a rock and was catapulted in the air, falling apparently head down on another rock.
Before the accident
German newspaper Bild reported that just before his accident, Schumacher had stopped to help up a friend’s daughter who had fallen on the slopes. Schumacher had then set off into the area between the “biche” and “maudit” pistes at the Méribel skiing resort, where the accident occurred.
Quincy told the Dauphiné Libéré: “Some rocks were visible and others weren’t. The only thing that we are sure of at this time is that Michael Schumacher lost his balance because of one of them before he fell.” Schumacher had been using a rented pair of skis and Bild speculated that his unfamiliarity with the equipment could have contributed to the accident.The impact from the fall was so great it split his helmet in two.
No update was given on Schumacher’s condition by the hospital or his management yesterday, which indicated that there had been no change.
There was a statement from his family, published on Schumacher’s official website, thanking fans for their support.
“Following Michael’s skiing accident, we would like to thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for his recovery,” the statement said. “They are giving us great support. We all know he is a fighter and will not give up. Thank you.”
At his bedside
Schumacher’s family has remained at his bedside since the weekend.
Schumacher remains in a medically-induced coma following the accident, in which he hit his head against rocks while skiing in Meribel. There was genuine fears for his life on Sunday and Monday, and while the situation remains critical, doctors reported a slight improvement in his condition on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Schumacher’s former team Ferrari announced plans for a special event outside the hospital to mark the German’s 45th birthday today and show their support for his recovery.
Ferrari said: “In these difficult days and on the occasion of his birthday the Scuderia Ferrari Clubs want to show their support for Michael Schumacher, organising tomorrow a silent and respectful event all in red at the Grenoble University Hospital Center.”
Fans were encouraged to contact their local Ferrari fan club to find out more details.