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Tycoon who took over Segway firm dies in freak accident after riding one of the machines off a cliff
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Posted on 09/27/2010 8:21:19 AM PDT by traumer

The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river.

Former miner Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe while riding around his West Yorkshire estate in Boston Spa on a rugged country version of the Segway.

He bought the firm last December and was using one of the machines - which use gyroscopes to remain upright and are controlled by the direction in which the rider leans - to inspect the grounds of his property. Big heart: Jimi Heselden donated more than £23 million to charity

Jimi Heselden, the multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company, died in a freak accident when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said today: 'Police were called at 11.40am yesterday to reports of a man in the River Wharfe, apparently having fallen from the cliffs above.

'A Segway-style vehicle was recovered. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

'At this time we do not believe the death to be suspicious.'

Invesitgators are probing whether there was a fault with his particular machine or it was driver error.

His death comes just a week after he became one of the UK's most generous philanthropists, having given away £10million to a charity foundation he set up in 2008. He had previously given £13million to the same organisation.

Mr Heselden was worth £166million and ranked 395th on the Sunday Times Rich List - above X Factor boss Simon Cowell - thanks to his defence company Hesco Bastion.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: cliff; ginger; segway

1 posted on 09/27/2010 8:21:20 AM PDT by traumer
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2 posted on 09/27/2010 8:22:21 AM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

You cannot make these stories up....


3 posted on 09/27/2010 8:23:49 AM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

Just proves it’s impossible to look cool riding a Segway even when you’re taking it over a cliff.


4 posted on 09/27/2010 8:27:00 AM PDT by Callahan
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To: traumer

Irony alert....


5 posted on 09/27/2010 8:27:41 AM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: Callahan
Get America mooooving...
6 posted on 09/27/2010 8:29:53 AM PDT by traumer
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Jeff Bridges on a Segway with a cigar..........

7 posted on 09/27/2010 8:30:55 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: traumer

I’ve been saying for years these damned things should come standard with a parachute and a floatation device.


8 posted on 09/27/2010 8:31:10 AM PDT by ryan71 (Let's Roll!)
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To: traumer

Sudden acceleration ???


9 posted on 09/27/2010 8:31:36 AM PDT by refermech
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To: traumer
For the adventurer!


10 posted on 09/27/2010 8:33:21 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: fishtank

11 posted on 09/27/2010 8:33:34 AM PDT by traumer
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Very sad that fellow died. Just a bizarre story. I’ve always thought the ‘Segway’ was a ridiculous idea; dangerous too.


12 posted on 09/27/2010 8:33:41 AM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: refermech

Sudden negative acceleration...


13 posted on 09/27/2010 8:34:53 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

FOX Business Channel just said, “not good marketing”.


14 posted on 09/27/2010 8:38:46 AM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: traumer

that’s slightly less cool than Jeff with a cigar, I guess

:-)


15 posted on 09/27/2010 8:39:39 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

...And in an unrelated story, the wife of the deceased has just announced her engagment to the Segway Corporation’s lead firmware engineer. (no pun intended)

Matlock, where are you? Oh- doing Obamacare commercials.


16 posted on 09/27/2010 8:40:52 AM PDT by ConservativeWarrior (In last year's nests, there are no birds this year.)
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To: traumer

It’ll be interesting ro follow any coming lawsuits.hehehe


17 posted on 09/27/2010 8:41:49 AM PDT by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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To: traumer
Photobucket
Bye
18 posted on 09/27/2010 8:44:10 AM PDT by Canedawg (...still not digging this tyranny thing.)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

Yeah, it’s not the fall that kills ya’, it’s the sop.


19 posted on 09/27/2010 8:45:37 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: traumer

He literally drove his business off a cliff...............


20 posted on 09/27/2010 8:51:10 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; When a wicked man rules, the people groan.)
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To: NoRedTape

We had a local police officer try out a Segway a few years ago. The force is pretty small because the town is small. A Segway would be pretty useless about half the year. The Segway turned out to be less than useless when the sargeant managed to separate from the Segway and injure himself. He lost a lot of time with an ankle and wrist injury. The ankle injury kept him off patrol. The wrist injury prevent him from writing tickets. Maybe the Segway IS worth something. I think we ought to give one to every one of the worthless members of our local police force from the (I kid you not) four-star wearing chief to the lowest ranking patrol office (who I believe is tenth in line for the chief’s job.


21 posted on 09/27/2010 8:58:40 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: OB1kNOb

On land to over cliff. Not a good segway...


22 posted on 09/27/2010 9:07:05 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: traumer

Live by the segway, die by the segway.


23 posted on 09/27/2010 9:10:54 AM PDT by tflabo
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To: traumer

They'll need to fix the Darwin Award logo to include a Segway.

Sad story, with inappropriate snickering.

24 posted on 09/27/2010 9:16:02 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Canedawg


25 posted on 09/27/2010 9:17:08 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64

is that camina del rey?


26 posted on 09/27/2010 9:20:17 AM PDT by wardaddy (We are on a roll like I have never seen.)
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To: traumer; bigdaddy45

more irony than darwin like BD45 said

segway are supposed to be soft movers


27 posted on 09/27/2010 9:21:27 AM PDT by wardaddy (We are on a roll like I have never seen.)
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To: Cobra64
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They are out of their cotton-pickin' minds!!!

28 posted on 09/27/2010 9:22:30 AM PDT by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: Cobra64

Those photos make me lose my breath. Whoa!!!!!


29 posted on 09/27/2010 9:25:17 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: traumer

That guy can’t even bend over to tie his shoes, much less ‘protect’ anyone. Fat tub of lard needs to walk instead of being on a scooter. He looks like he drives a hoveround on his off-duty time.


30 posted on 09/27/2010 9:27:59 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: traumer

“You might remember this post three years ago in which I laughed at a woman on a Segway pushing a baby stroller for being lazy. Well, I’m a giant asshole, and I want to apologize to Melissa Hofstetter. I’m sorry Melissa.”

http://gizmodo.com/5602600/i-am-very-sorry-segway-stroller-lady


31 posted on 09/27/2010 9:35:28 AM PDT by Eepsy (www.pioacademy.org)
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To: LadyPilgrim

Good thing they remembered their helmets, eh?


32 posted on 09/27/2010 9:52:10 AM PDT by Riflema
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To: Cobra64

Good thing they’re wearing helmets, because otherwise, you know, someone might get hurt.


33 posted on 09/27/2010 9:57:14 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: Cobra64

Is that “The worlds most dangerous trail” or something like that.

I saw a video of a guy walking it once.
Freaked me out just watching it.
I tend to avoid life threatning experiences myself.


34 posted on 09/27/2010 9:59:38 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: Riflema

Yeah...like that would....oh never mind. :-) I’m still weak from earlier when I looked at those photos!


35 posted on 09/27/2010 1:12:08 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: wardaddy
is that camina del rey?

I have no clue and can't remember where I saw those shots. Looks like fun, huh?

36 posted on 09/27/2010 1:21:55 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64; mowowie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmDhRvvs5Xw

i think this video is it...maybe not


37 posted on 09/27/2010 4:59:01 PM PDT by wardaddy (We are on a roll like I have never seen.)
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To: Cobra64

west coast Ireland...Cliffs of Moher...followed your photo links


38 posted on 09/27/2010 5:04:38 PM PDT by wardaddy (We are on a roll like I have never seen.)
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To: wardaddy

Thats the video i was thinking about.
Crazy place!


39 posted on 09/27/2010 7:42:27 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: traumer

Anybody wanna buy my Segway for a 100? My dear late grandmother rode it to church on Sundays for 20 years. (Price negotiable.)


40 posted on 09/27/2010 9:33:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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