De Villota family respond to HSE accident report
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 Aireld 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 difculties 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 briey 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