2. 00:08 SOUNDBITE (French) Patrick Quincy, Albertville Prosecutor:
"He was skiing between 3 sand 6 meters away from the regular ski trail. At one point, his skis stuck the top of a rock slightly visible above the snow. He looses his balance and his body falls ahead of the rock. His head hits a rock located approximatively 3.5 meters below. The first rock and the second one that he hit with his head are 8 meters away from the border of the ski trail."
3. 00:41 Wide Prosecutor Patrick Quincy at presser
4. 00:46 Cutaway cameras
5. 00:50 SOUNDBITE: ( French) Stephane Bozon, Commanding Officer at Savoie High Mountain Police Squad:
"We do not find that any indication of an excessive speed nor a desire to go faster than what the slope he was on would naturally allow. As I've said, he was taking small slalom turns, I would use the term 'ondulation' but with overall ski imprints following the slope line only broken to reduce his speed by small ondulations. And at one point he stuck with his two skis a rocky outcrop."
6. 01:28 Mid Prosecutor Patrick Quincy at presser
7. 01:35 SOUNDBITE: (French) Patrick Quincy, Albertville Prosecutor:
"If we receive other testimony that would establish another motive than skiing in this powder and off piste snow, including to rescue someone, but I do not have these elements so it is difficult for me to speak about it. So I am made to conclude that he choose on purpose to go in this zone. Mister Michael Schumacher is a very good skier who is very familiar with Meribel ski resort where he skies on a regular basis."
8. 02:06 Wide presser
9. 02:15 Mid Prosecutor Patrick Quincy with photographers
Two minutes of footage from a camera on Michael Schumacher's ski helmet showed the Formula One great was clearly skiing off a groomed trail when he lost his balance and crashed, leaving him with critical head injuries, investigators said Wednesday.
Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy said Shumacher was skiing "between 3 sand 6 meters away from the regular ski trail".
Although they would not estimate Schumacher's speed, they said it was not considered a significant factor in the Dec. 29 crash at the Meribel resort in the French Alps.
Sephane Bozon, the Commanding Officer of the High Mountain Police Squad for the region of Savoie ruled out that Schumacher was going too fast before the accident :"We do not find that any indication of an excessive speed nor a desire to go faster than what the slope he was on would naturally allow."
The impact of the crash split his helmet in two, and doctors have said the protective gear saved his life. He remains in critical condition.
Prosecutor Patrick Quincy said experts still need to go through the footage image by image, but he said Schumacher landed nine meters outside the marked trail after falling face down and striking his head on a rock. The Albertville prosecutor said the investigation, although extensive, was standard after any serious ski accident.
Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told the press on Monday 30 december that the accident happened as Michael was on his way to help a friend of the family that had fallen. But Prosecutor Quincy has not heard this information in the testimonies the police gathered last week. "I do not have these elements" Quincy said.
In the absence of any other motive, Quincy said he has to believe Schumacher went to the off piste area deliberately: "I am made to conclude that he choose on purpose to go in this zone."
Quincy added that "Michael Schumacher is a very good skier who is very familiar with Meribel ski resort where he skies on a regular basis." Schumacher had been on a family vacation in Meribel, where he owns a chalet.
Schumacher, 45, the most successful Formula One driver in history, is in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Grenoble.
Quincy said the investigation, which is standard after any major ski accident, had no deadline and was intended to discover what happened, not necessarily fix blame. Without specifying, he said authorities plan additional witness interviews.
Schumacher's 14-year-old son Mick was also skiing in their small group.