Michael Schumacher: Prosecutors confirm recovering Formula 1 great cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in investigation into ski accident

Schumacher is currently being awoken from his medically induced coma with prosecutor Patrick Quincy confirming that 'no infraction by anyone has been turned up'

A French prosecutor leading the investigation into Michael Schumacher’s life-threatening ski accident has confirmed that the seven-time Formula One world champion has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the case.

Patrick Quincy, the office of Albertville prosecutor, confirmed in a statement released on Monday that “no infraction by anyone has been turned up.”

Schumacher’s accident shocked the world when he suffered a serious head trauma at the end of December while skiing in the exclusive French resort of Meribel, with the 45-year-old German being placed in a medically induced coma for over a month.

Doctors have started bringing Schumacher out of his coma, although a statement released by his manager Sabine Kehm last week refused to confirm any further details about his health due to privacy concerns.

 

He remains in a stable condition in Grenoble University Hospital where he has been treated since his accident, having undergone two operations to remove haematomas and relieve pressure on his brain that was caused by swelling.

Fans of the former Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes driver held a silent vigil shortly after his accident on his 45th birthday in support of their hero, while his family have maintained a presence at his bedside, with wife Corinna Schumacher speaking regularly to her husband as he continues his recovery.

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Last week’s statement came after claims the most successful driver in F1 history was suffering from pneumonia, with Kehm refusing to elaborate on whether the reports from German newspaper Bild were correct. Instead, she stressed that speed was not a factor in awakening Schumacher, and that decisive news will be released via official statements.

“As often in such situation, no day is like the next,” the statement read. “The family is thankful for ones understanding that they would not wish to disclose medical details in order to protect Michael’s privacy.

“As assured from the beginning we will continue to communicate any decisive new information on Michael’s health state. We are aware that the wake up phase can take a long time.

“The family continues to strongly believe in Michael's recovery and place all their trust in the doctors, nurses and nursing auxiliaries team.

“The important thing is not the speed of the recovery but that Michael’s healing process progresses in a continuous and controlled way.”

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