Former Ferrari Formula One star continues to receive treatment in hospital.
French investigators have declared there will be no criminal charges laid in the wake of the skiing accident that left former Formula One star Michael Schumacher in a coma.
After extensive interviews and analysis, Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy said no more questions will be asked off the ski conditions, the staff at the resort or Schumacher’s equipment.
The 45-year-old German is an experienced skier and was determined not to have been traveling too fast at the time he lost control, before hitting his head on a rock on December 29 last year.
There was some speculation the camera mounted to his helmet, which he was using to film his son at the time, was a contributing factor to the former Ferrari star’s helmet cracking in two.
However, Quincy said that was not the case and said not further questions will be answered into matters of faulty equipment or criminal culpability.
“No infraction by anyone has been turned up and the investigation has been closed in a statement responding to questions about whether the Meribel ski station in the French Alps or an equipment maker might have played a role in Schumacher’s injury,” Quincy said.
Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since the accident at Meribel, when he fell and hit the right side of his head, causing extensive swelling and other injuries.
Neurosurgeons have twice operated on Schumacher to alleviate the pressure inside of his skull, and he is currently in a ‘waking up phase’ as he is slowly brought out of the coma.
Quincy said the signage at the resort was in line with French standards.
“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,” he said.
The seven-time world champion has been flooded with well-wishes from around the world, with ex-teammates and rivals and fans of motorsport and the German hero all continuing to wait to see if there will be any long lasting affects from the accident.
Specialists have tipped that long-term signs of injury will only begin to, possibly, show themselves around six months after the accident.