Feb 16, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT
Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has spent his life being surrounded by cameras. But could a small video camera have played a big part in his near-fatal skiing accident in France nearly eight weeks ago?
Several media reports, including one by The Telegraph in the United Kingdom, indicate that a video camera attached to Schumacher’s helmet may have somehow compromised the helmet.
According to The Telegraph, experts from the French ski and climbing academy ENSA have performed tests to see whether the structure of the helmet could have been weakened if there was also a solid object (such as the camera) in-between the helmet and the collision with the rocks that Schumacher crashed into.
The camera, which Schumacher reportedly attached to the helmet to film his son skiing with him, was undamaged, and has yielded video and audio footage that has been significant in the official police probe of the crash.
But the helmet itself broke apart, according to reports, and at least some investigators believe the helmet cam could have played a part in worsening the blow of Schumacher’s head into the rocks.
“The helmet completely broke,” according to a source close to the investigation quoted by The Telegraph. “It was in at least two parts. ENSA analyzed the piece of the helmet to check the material, and all was OK.
“But why did it explode on impact? Here the camera comes into question. The laboratory has been testing to see if the camera weakened the structure.”
More light may be shed upon the circumstances of Schumacher’s crash on Monday when the prosecutor leading the main police investigation into Schumacher’s crash, Patrick Quincy, is expected to announce that the Meribel ski resort and manufacturers of the ski equipment he was wearing have been cleared of liability in the accident.
Schumacher remains in intensive care in an induced coma at Grenoble University Hospital.