The race-car legend still remains in a coma after his skiing accident, and investgators claiming there’s a possibility that the helmet that was on Schumacher when he hurt his head might shed light on what happened.
The Formula One champion is still in hospital in Grenoble, France, where he has already undergone two operations aimed to remove blood clots and relieve pressure on his brain, reports The Daily Mail.
His wife has given investigators the mini Go-Pro camera which was attached to the ski helmet that is believed to have saved Schumacher from the immediate death and may contain crucial footage of the moment he lost control and hit his head on a rock.
The local police claims that the small device may contain usable images that can shed light on the circumstances of the accident on a small off-piste section located between two ski slopes – one classed as easy and the other as intermediate.
A spokeswoman for the champion denied previous reports that his family had been reluctant to hand over the camera – taken by authorities on Friday – because of privacy reasons.
“Michael’s helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family,” said spokewoman Sabine Kehm in a statement. “That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue.”
Investigators have already interviewed Schumacher’s son Mick, 14, who was with his father when he hit a rock on the slopes of the French resort of Meribel last Sunday.
Some reports are claiming that following the interview cnflicting statements have emerged, notably about how fast the 44-year-oldwas going when the accident happened. Albertville prosecutors and the ski resort say the seven times world champion was skiing at great speed.
Kehm has challenged that, saying he could not have been going fast ‘because it appears he helped a friend who had just fallen’.
The police were also demanded to find out whether the limits of the pistes next to the accident site were correctly marked, and whether the safety releases on Schumacher’s skis operated properly.
“I don’t think it’s normal that between two marked slopes there would be this passage with rocks showing that is not fenced off,” said Philippe Streiff, a former French racing driver, in the French sports daily L’Equipe.
According to first reports that followed the incident, Schumacher was initially conscious, but soon his condition suddely deteriorated and became critical. Rescuers were on hand within minutes of the accident and he was airlifted to Grenoble hospital where he still stays.
Doctors have since claimed that “the impact caused numerous brain injuries including intracranial hematomas (multiple blood clots), bilateral lesions and bruising of the brain.” Now the racer remains in a critical but stable condition.
It is believed he lost control after hitting a boulder which had been concealed by snow that had fallen the night before and was ‘catapulted’ headfirst into three other rocks.