Skip to comments.Tycoon who took over Segway firm dies in freak accident after riding one of the machines off a cliff
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.
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You cannot make these stories up....
Just proves it’s impossible to look cool riding a Segway even when you’re taking it over a cliff.
Jeff Bridges on a Segway with a cigar..........
I’ve been saying for years these damned things should come standard with a parachute and a floatation device.
Sudden acceleration ???
Very sad that fellow died. Just a bizarre story. I’ve always thought the ‘Segway’ was a ridiculous idea; dangerous too.
Sudden negative acceleration...
FOX Business Channel just said, “not good marketing”.
that’s slightly less cool than Jeff with a cigar, I guess
...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.
It’ll be interesting ro follow any coming lawsuits.hehehe
Yeah, it’s not the fall that kills ya’, it’s the sop.
He literally drove his business off a cliff...............
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