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Segway Co Owner Killed Riding Segway

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Segway company owner dies riding two-wheeled machine off cliff

Jimi Heselden, the owner of the Segway company, has died after riding one of the two-wheeled machines off a cliff and into a river.

27 Sep 2010

The multi-millionaire businessman, 62, fell into the River Wharfe while inspecting the grounds of his North Yorkshire estate on a rugged country version of the Segway

A passer-by found Heselden alongside his Segway in the Boston Spa area at about 11.40am on Sunday.

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." …

Heselden was worth £166m [$263 million] and ranked 395th on the Sunday Times Rich List.

The former miner made his millions from defence contracts. He created a unique portable wire cage water containment system which when filled with earth and sand proved a major defence against bullets, missiles and suicide attacks.

His founded his first company HESCO Bastions with his redundancy pay when he was laid off from the mines

Which should be a lesson for all of us.

The Segway operation was acquired by a UK based company backed by Heselden.

If they had just stuck to cages.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Segway Co Owner Killed Riding Segway”

  1. jimreport says:

    LOL – Hell of a note.

  2. finebammer59 says:

    another tragedy tied to “smart transportation”.

    ever seen any crash tests involving “smart” cars??? mercedes, toyota and honda have done tests with their versions, head on – 35 mph – half hood frontal impact.

    if your in one of these crashes, your legs are puree. 35 mph. in two of the tests the dummy’s head centered the “a” pillar.

    35 mph.

    i propose, if you choose to drive a “smart car” and are involved in an appropriate crash, you driver’s license should indicate whether you want to be buried with your “smart” car.

    whether the first responders should waste their time, effort and resources to pick your body parts out of the glorified alpo can you’re driving.

    of course, in all fairness, we need the details of this tragedy before jumping………..(sorry) to conclusions.

    was this a failed stunt?? was there a parachute?? if so did it fail?? was there an equipment issue??

    regardless, the fact remains. if you’re riding a segway and you’re in a dust up with a taxi, the cab wins.

    every time.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    I got nothing

    some days the news is too stupid to comment on

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”on a rugged country version of the Segway…”

      There ya’ go! If he’d just opted for a safe and sane Chevy Volt instead of one of those obviously dangerous, roll-over prone SUV types…..

      I mean, an ATV-type Segway. Who’d a thunk it?

  4. BigOil says:

    They say you can’t fix stupid – but sometimes stupid just fixes itself.

  5. Mae says:

    Guess I’ve been watching too many forensics shows, but come on! The police do not think this is suspicious!

  6. GL0120 says:

    C’mon now, admit it, you really can’t say “Rugged, country version” without cracking up.

  7. proreason says:

    A few hundred pages of government regulations will prevent this kind of problem from ever happening again.

    And it won’t cost the taxpayers a dime.

  8. CKP says:

    “They say you can’t fix stupid – but sometimes stupid just fixes itself.”

    C’mon, this guy was not stupid. Mr Heselden was a real entrepreneur and philanthropist, which is quite something in the UK. Ever fall off a bike or get in a car crash? Doesn’t mean the device was silly or that the driver was stupid. Accidents happen! Mr. Heselden could have come up with more innovative uses for the Segway technology, military or otherwise. I feel his death is a real loss.

  9. ThreeBus says:

    My thoughts and prayers to his family.

  10. artboyusa says:

    Mr Heselden actually seems to have been quite a decent bloke who gave away millions of pounds to charity. I laughed too, when I first saw this story, but I wish I hadn’t. Today’s Daily Express reports that “He set aside £10 million to establish one of the country’s biggest private charitable funds and topped it up last year with another £3 million.

    “Last month he handed over another £10 million to the Leeds Community Foundation, which channels money to disadvantaged areas. He also supported the Help for Heroes charity for British military veterans”.

    So, he made a lot of honest money from his own invention and gave a lot of it away to people who need it. Dying in a silly way doesn’t necessarily mean someone had a silly life.

    • finebammer59 says:

      didn’t mean to imply the segway was silly.

      did mean to imply the unit is dangerous.

      the segway is promoted as an urban transportation alternative that’s “green”. but as i stated before, if you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident with a more traditional form of transportation (car, truck, tractor-trailer) chances are more that very good you’ll meet the same fate mr. heselden did.

    • JohnMG says:

      C’mon, artboy. From a guy who writes some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever read, employing plenty of hyperbole, sarcasm, and irony, surely you recognize a little gallows humor. Sort of like watching Arte Johnson tip over on his trycycle, only for real.

      As for the charitable donations……Bill Gates gives away a lot of money too. But he’s still a Obama-bot, left-wing liberal putz. We’re just supposed to feel good about him for his doing it.

  11. ptat says:

    I hear the Formula 1 Segway is very dangerous, too, with a top speed of 180 mph.

  12. artboyusa says:

    Thanks for the kind words, John but I still feel sorry for the guy. I’m involved with Help for Heroes in a small way and its a very worthy cause, supporting wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. H4H is needed because the UK doesn’t look after its soldiers properly. That I didn’t know about Mr Heselden’s involvement suggest that he did the right thing and didn’t advertise his generosity.

  13. AcornsRNutz says:

    This is a tragedy in my mind. I and many others owe our lives to HESCO barriers, they are vastly superior to Jersey, Texas and Alaska concrete barriers in that they do not reflect shrapnel but absorb it. They are cheaper, easy to asemble and very versatile. This man’s business with HESCO should have earned him a medal. I had never heard of him until this unfortunate event, and that is a testament to his character as well I believe. God bless the capitalist system that let this man create, market and finally contract such a product to the armed services.

    • Warmonger Infidel says:

      Acorns is correct. The Hesco’s are far superior to the concrete barricades. During rocket attacks on KAF from January to June this year I and many others depended on them for our safety. As ArtBoy stated, this was a good guy.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Thank you Warmonger Infidel for your service to our still great Nation!

  14. canary says:

    I recall Sweetness & Light posting on the Segway being dangerous, as the greenies spoke of using them instead of cars. Videos of dangerous crashes.

    Original tests on Segway found them to be dangerous. They move by movement of the riders. Such as Segway slightly leaning over to look down can cause it to dart forward. A lean back could cause a halt throwing over the Segway
    Now, some people might believe me when I tell them Segway are unsafe.

    The problem is too many were made, and now I notice they are even trying to get disabled people to buy their overstock.
    Just give whats left of them to Obama, Pelosi, and their high-speed posse who truly deserve them.

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