• Schumacher probe focuses on helmet camera

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    GRENOBLE, France: Michael Schumacher remains in a “critical but stable” condition, his spokeswoman said Saturday (Sunday in Manila), as French investigators hoped a helmet-mounted camera he was wearing at the moment of his ski accident could provide answers.

    It was not known whether the GoPro camera filmed the moment when the retired seven-time world champion slammed his head against a rock, or whether images have been damaged by the impact, which was so hard it split the helmet he was wearing.

    But investigators may yet find another clue in a film made by a German witness, who claimed to have captured Schumacher’s accident by chance, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported late Saturday.

    The magazine quoted the witness describing Schumacher descending the slope at a “leisurely” pace and “at a maximum speed of 20 kilometers an hour.”

    In the background, a skier could be seen descending on an unmarked run between two groomed pistes before falling, the magazine reported.

    Key among elements that investigators are hoping to establish is the speed at which Schumacher was skiing, as it could determine responsibility in accident.

    AFP

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