Schumacher accident just 'very, very unfortunate'
31 December 2013 – Michael Schumacher’s spokeswomen Sabine Kehm has said the skiing accident that has left the seven-time F1 world champion fighting for his life in a Grenoble hospital was just down to ‘extreme bad luck’.
“I think after having spoken to several people that were with Michael at the strip, at the moment [of the accident], that Michael and the group had been skiing on slopes that were normal slopes,” she told reporters.
“There was a blue slope and a red slope and in between there was a part that was deep snow and Michael went into that. But even after that, it would seem from everything people have told me that he was not even travelling at high speed as he had helped a friend who had just fallen on the piste.
“So he started to ski again, went into this deep snow and apparently what we guess is he hit a rock when he wanted to do a curve and he was kind of catapulted in the air and apparently went head down hitting another rock. It was extreme bad luck and unfortunate circumstances and not because he was speeding too much. It was something and I have spoken to several people - including ski instructors - and they say it can happen at 10kph. It is just very, very unfortunate.”
Meanwhile, she also confirmed that an unnamed journalist tried to gain access to Schumacher’s hospital room by dressing up as a priest.
“Apparently a journalist dressed as a priest had tried to gain access to Michael's room,” Kehm told Die Welt.
“I wouldn't have ever imagined something like this could happen.”