De Vil­lota fam­ily re­spond to HSE ac­ci­dent re­port

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The fam­ily of Maria de Vil­lota may seek com­pen­sa­tion fol­low­ing her death from in­juries sus­tained in 2012 Marus­sia test­ing crash

The fam­ily of Maria de Vil­lota have said they are con­sid­er­ing claim­ing com­pen­sa­tion for the crash in July 2012 that led to her death.

De Vil­lota was test­ing for the Marus­sia team at Dux­ford Aireld in Cam­bridgeshire when she crashed into a lorry as she re­turned to the tem­po­rary pits. She suf­fered se­vere head in­juries and needed lengthy surgery. De­spite los­ing her right eye, she was cleared to drive again in 2013, but died in Oc­to­ber that year, aged 33.

Her fam­ily said doc­tors told them her death oc­curred “as a con­se­quence of the neu­ro­log­i­cal in­juries” she suf­fered in the crash. But on 26 May, the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive, which had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­ci­dent, said that it would be tak­ing no fur­ther ac­tion.

De Vil­lota’s fam­ily is­sued a state­ment say­ing they would an­a­lyse the re­port “to eval­u­ate the next le­gal steps to claim the cor­re­spond­ing civil com­pen­sa­tion from those re­spon­si­ble”.

Marus­sia fell into nan­cial difcul­ties and col­lapsed at the end of last year, but they were saved at the eleventh hour and are now rac­ing as Manor Marus­sia this sea­son. The team de­clined to com­ment on the mat­ter.

De Vil­lota was the daugh­ter of for­mer F1 driver Emilio de Vil­lota, who com­peted briey in For­mula 1 in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Maria de Vil­lota died on 11 Oc­to­ber 2013 as a re­sult of in­juries she sus­tained in a crash at Dux­ford Air­field the pre­vi­ous sum­mer

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