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German witness says he filmed Schumacher skiing at 'leisurely' pace: Report

Published on Jan 5, 2014 6:07 AM
 
German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher at the end of the Brazil's F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in Nov 2012. News magazine Der Spiegel reported on its website on Saturday, Jan 4, 2014, that Schumacher was skiing at a moderate pace at the moment of the accident which has left him in coma.-- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Michael Schumacher was skiing at a moderate pace at the moment of the accident which has left him in coma, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on its website on Saturday, Jan 4, 2014, citing a video filmed by a German witness.

The witness, a 35-year-old steward, said that he was filming his girlfriend with a smartphone when he captured by chance the moment when Schumacher slammed his head against a rock in the French alps.

According to the witness, who contacted the German magazine on Friday, Schumacher was descending the slope at a "leisurely" pace - "a maximum speed of 20kmh".

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

 
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