De Villota family reaches agreement over crash

De Villota family reaches agreement over crash

11 October 2017 – The family of María de Villota have reached an agreement in their dispute with the Manor F1 Team over the incident in which the late driver sustained eye injuries in 2012.

De Villota, conducting a straight-line Formula 1 test at the Duxford Aerodrome, struck the lowered tailgate of a truck, and lost the use of her right eye as a result.

De Villota remained involved in motorsport in the aftermath but passed away in 2013, aged 33, with her death linked to the neurological injuries she suffered in the crash.

Britain's Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and deemed that no enforcement action was required against Manor, the team which Marussia morphed into over 2014/15.

On Wednesday, four years to the day after she passed away, her family confirmed that legal action against Manor has come to an end, after an agreement was reached.

"It was a tragic accident which shocked the team and all who knew her – she is sorely missed," said a spokesperson for Manor.

In a press release issued by UK-based law firm Slater and Giordon, de Villota's family extended their gratitude to those who have expressed their support in the wake of the tragedy.

The family will now focus on 'Maria's Legacy', a movement created "to give continuity to Maria's solidarity programmes focusing primarily on children with neurodegenerative diseases and people with limited financial resources".

Manor's Formula 1 team collapsed earlier this year, after no buyer was forthcoming.

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