Schumacher investigation closed; no persons found in violation


After a little more than a month since the skiing accident that has left Michael Schumacher still hospitalized in France, French investigators concluded their investigation into the accident and found no persons in violation.

“The investigation into the causes and consequences of the Decemeber 29 skiing accident of Michael Schumacher … has been closed on February 12,” Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy (pictured right) said in a statement.

“No person has been found guilty of any violation.”

Quincy confirmed the details of the accident, as had been originally determined, that Schumacher’s accident occurred off-piste and that his helmet contacted a rock 34 feet away from another rock. The signage, limits and marking did adhere to French standards, Quincy’s statement said.

The ski resort itself, Meribel, has also been cleared per the statement.

The investigation’s closing comes after several unconfirmed media reports in the last couple weeks regarding Schumacher’s health, and also the latest official Schumacher management statement.

The medical team tending to Schumacher, per the management statement, was to begin the waking up process from Schumacher’s induced coma, but further medical details were not revealed out of respect for his privacy.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.