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Michael Schumacher skiing accident
investigation into circumstances
surrounding his tragic crash set to close

Mirror [UK], by Byron Young

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Posted By:Hazymac, 2/11/2014 5:37:24 PM

Investigators are likely to close the file on Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident in the next few days - according to a report in Germany. After a four-week inquiry newspaper Bild reports French investigators have passed their conclusions to the office of investigating prosecutor Patrick Quincy And, sources say, in all likelihood the file will be closed. That means the makers of the equipment Schumacher was using, the manufacturer of the helmet he was wearing and the authorities who put up signage on the slopes around the rocky off-piste slopes near Meribel will effectively be cleared of any involvement in the

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Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula 1 history, sustained a severe head injury when his head struck a rock on a ski course. As it was designed to do, his helmet cracked, diverting just enough force from his head to prevent his immediate death. If you´re a racing fan, say a prayer for Schumi. It was a freakish, low speed fall. We´d like to see him healthy again.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/11/2014 5:58:27 PM     (No. 9728582)

When you get your job done, God may call you home early.

It´s OK. Your next assignment may be even more challenging than this one.

Don´t sweat it.

It´s out of your control.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/11/2014 7:34:43 PM     (No. 9728670)

Schumacher, an expert skier, was skiing off the ski runs.

... the authorities who put up signage on the slopes around the rocky off-piste slopes near Meribel will effectively be cleared of any involvement....

He was warned. Like many expert skiers, he disregarded the warning signs.

Very sad.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/11/2014 7:38:24 PM     (No. 9728673)

Backcountry skiing, also called off-piste skiing or hors piste, is skiing in the backcountry[1] on ungroomed and unmarked slopes or pistes, including skiing in unmarked or unpatrolled areas either inside or outside of a ski resort´s boundaries, sometimes in the woods. Unlike groomed cross-country and alpine skiing, the land and the snow pack are not monitored, patrolled, or maintained.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backcountry_skiing

Those who do this do so at their own risk. They sometimes set off and get caught in avalanches. But beautiful, pristine virgin snow is a temptress.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Butch, 2/11/2014 8:04:32 PM     (No. 9728689)

This "investigation" has focused first and foremost on "the makers of the equipment Schumacher was using, the manufacturer of the helmet he was wearing and the authorities who put up signage on the slopes." I use scare-quotes here because this "investigation" looks a lot like a witch-hunt.

I moved to Ecuador several months ago, and one of things you learn quickly here is to accept full responsibility for (almost all of) your own actions. It is truly sobering - and liberating! - in the sense that there isn´t anyone to sue or to blame in case of an accident. Even if you could get a huge judgement after an accident, most people here simply do not have the means to pay a huge judgement. So, you just take care, every day, in all kinds of situations.

It is truly bizarre to read this article, with its implicit assumption that someone else - anyone else! - must be found at fault for Mr. Schumacher´s accident. People here in South America simply don´t start by looking for someone else to blame in case something goes wrong, and God bless them for it.

I wish Mr. Schumacher only the best. He took huge risks for many years, and I suspect he knew that those risks were his own.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 2/11/2014 9:14:32 PM     (No. 9728730)

I hope he makes it. Incredible talent. He could do what only a handful of men in the world can do...drive a Formula 1 car at the limit.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Twinkles, 2/12/2014 9:11:42 AM     (No. 9729134)

He was great as the Stig on BBC Top Gear.

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