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Schumacher crash: video images 'are usable'

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Schumacher crash: video images 'are usable'
Footage salvaged from Formula One star Michael Schumacher's helmet cam may shed light on his serious skiing accident. Photo: Patrick Herzog/AFP
12:34 CET+01:00
Sources revealed on Tuesday that footage taken from the camera attached to Michael Schumacher's helmet is salvageable as officials probe an accident that left him in a critical condition. The news comes as Schumacher's wife pleaded for the media to "leave her family in peace".
Footage from the camera strapped to Michael Schumacher's helmet as he fell and slammed his head while skiing can be used, a source close to the probe into the accident said on Tuesday.
 
"It's an important document", said the source, who wished to remain anonymous, as investigators continued to investigate the accident on December 29th in the French Alps that left the Formula One legend in a coma.
 
It had been unclear until now whether the camera was working at the time of the accident, or whether the footage would be clear enough to use.
 
The source however did not specify if the film could provide any leads to Schumacher's speed at the time of his fall on a small off-piste section in between regular slopes at the Meribel resort.
 
French investigators are attempting to determine responsibility in the accident, and are focusing on the retired racer's speed, as well as whether the limits of the ski runs next to the accident site were correctly marked.
 
They are also examining if the safety releases on Schumacher's skis operated properly.
 
Prosecutors involved in the probe are due to brief the press on Wednesday morning.The news comes as the driver's wife Corinna Schumacher asked reporters to leave the hospital in Grenoble, where they have been camped out since the accident on December 29th.
 
"Please support our shared fight with Michael. It is important to me that you take the pressure off the doctors and the hospital so they can do their work," Schumacher's wife said in a statement to the media. "Please also leave our family in peace."
 
The former German champion remains in a medically induced coma since the accident on the slopes of the French ski resort of Méribel, where he owns a chalet. Schumacher's fall has generated massive media interest, with his hospital under siege by reporters and photographers.
 
A source close to Schumacher said on Monday he had seen a "slight improvement", after doctors said he was still in a stable but critical condition. Following a flurry of media speculation about his condition, the team treating him said they would give no details of the treatment the 45-year-old is receiving in order to protect his right to privacy.
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