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2015-05-27 12:08

COURT BATTLE A POSSIBILITY: Maria de Villota's family is considering taking legal action against F1 team Marussia, now Manor, for her death in 2013. Image: AP / Luca Bruno

MADRID, Spain - On Wednesday (May 27 2015), Wheels24 reported that an investigation into the death of former Marussia test driver Maria de Villota, who died in 2013 possibly due to injuries suffered in a horrific crash a year earlier, has ended.

It seems de Villota's family is unconvinced by the outcome of the investigation and is considering legal action despite Marussia cleared of wrongdoing in the 2012 crash.

Britain's Health and Safety Executive on Tuesday (May 26) said no action would be taken against Marussia, the team that in 2015 became known as Manor.

FAMILY TO SUE?

De Villota died in 2013, 15 months after suffering horrific skull and facial injuries whilst conducting straight-line testing at Duxford Aerodrome in the UK.

A spokesman for the UK safety body said it was "not appropriate" to comment on whether De Villota, who lost an eye in the impact, had crashed into a team truck as the result of driver error.

After the publication of the report, De Villota's family confirmed it is considering "appropriate legal actions to assign civil responsibility" for the 2012 incident, major Spanish daily La Vanguardia reported.

In a statement, the family said the UK body had "informed us it had insufficient evidence to initiate criminal proceedings with guarantees of convictions".

NEGLIGENCE TO BLAME?

The family, which includes her former F1 driver father Emilio de Villota, added: "To date we are still waiting to know the contents of the report and, consequently, the actual results of their research."

After studying the report, the family added: "We will (then) assess the commencement of appropriate legal actions to assign civil responsibility in order to prevent, as was Maria's desire, an accident like this occurring again due to negligence."

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