Segway Tycoon Dies In Segway Accident

Let’s overlook the irony that the man who owned the Segway scooter business, Jimi Heselden, has died in a Segway accident. However, there has been some speculation that it was not an accident.  While the police suspect no foul play, the lesson to be learned here is that Segways are not for off-roading. The Independent reports:

A millionaire businessman who died when a Segway scooter built by his own company plunged over a cliff and into a river was a “much-loved father and husband”, his family said today.

Jimi Heselden, 62, was found in the River Wharfe at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, yesterday morning and died at the scene.

It appeared Mr Heselden, whose company builds and markets the Segway upright scooter, accidentally drove over a cliff into the river. It is understood one of the machines was found nearby.

Members of his family, many of whom paid an emotional visit to the scene of the accident this afternoon, described their grief at Mr Heselden’s death.

A family spokesman said: “Our family has been left devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of a much-loved father and husband.

[continues at The Independent]

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  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Some people would kill for publicity like that!

    …Hey, wait a minute here…

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Some people would kill for publicity like that!

    …Hey, wait a minute here…

  • mallcopspleasefollowexample

    2 words: poetic justice.

  • mallcopspleasefollowexample

    2 words: poetic justice.

  • Cinead3

    Jimi Heselden did not “create” the Sedgeway scooter. Dean Kamen did. Heselden bought him out last year. Get your facts straight.

    • http://disinfo.com/ Majestic

      Cinead3, you are correct – I’ve fixed Amanda’s post for her. Thanks.

  • Cinead3

    Jimi Heselden did not “create” the Sedgeway scooter. Dean Kamen did. Heselden bought him out last year. Get your facts straight.

  • http://disinfo.com Majestic

    Cinead3, you are correct – I’ve fixed Amanda’s post for her. Thanks.

  • DeepCough

    Also not true that segways aren’t for off-roading, as illustrated in this pic.

    http://www.motifake.com/offroad-segway-offroad-segway-technology-walking-hiking-demotivational-poster-89114.html

  • DeepCough

    Also not true that segways aren’t for off-roading, as illustrated in this pic.

    http://www.motifake.com/offroad-segway-offroad-segway-technology-walking-hiking-demotivational-poster-89114.html

  • GoodDoktorBad

    “Wheeeeeeeeeee -oooooooooOoOOO SSSSsssshiiiiiiiiiiittttt!!!!!!”
    He segway’d into the next world….

  • Anonymous

    “Wheeeeeeeeeee -oooooooooOoOOO SSSSsssshiiiiiiiiiiittttt!!!!!!”
    He segway’d into the next world….

  • Marssuit

    This would make a good pixar short. Segway millionaire drives off cliff after having an awesome life as a Segway millionaire.

    I take credit for this comment if pixar or someone else decides to use that idea and make money with it or publicly broadcast. 9/27/10

  • Marssuit

    This would make a good pixar short. Segway millionaire drives off cliff after having an awesome life as a Segway millionaire.

    I take credit for this comment if pixar or someone else decides to use that idea and make money with it or publicly broadcast. 9/27/10

  • Vox Penii

    oh, the ironing…

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