The police in France investigating the ski accident of Michael Schumacher have given a press conference today with their initial findings and it appears that the Go Pro camera mounted on his helmet was not only rolling when he crashed, but it shows “in perfect clarity” what happened.
It has allowed the police to see in detail what happened, to confirm the witness statements and then using the video they have been able to carry out a reconstruction of the accident. The findings from the video and the reconstruction will be presented at a public inquest at which responsibility for the accident will be established.
It appears that Schumacher was descending the slopes and came to the intersection of a red and blue run. He took the red, then diverted into an off piste area between the two runs. Eight metres from the edge of the piste his ski hit a rock and he was propelled forwards. He hit his head on the rock and landed a further metre from the piste edge.
At this stage, that is all the police were willing to say. They did not say how fast he was travelling.
They did note that the Schumacher family had requested that police spell out the basic facts as established so far, because they are bothered by the erroneous stories and rumours which have been circulating since the December 29 incident. They have also asked the media to leave the hospital.
The police noted the reports of the German bystander who claimed to have inadvertently filmed the accident in the background of a smartphone video of his girlfriend -as reported in Der Spiegel in Germany – but said that the video had not been handed over to them and the officer said he personally doubted its existence.
The officer noted that they are very familiar with this kind of investigation as they carry out around 50 similar investigations every season.