Jimi Heselden, Owner Of Segway Inc., Dies In Segway Accident

September 27th, 2010 by Staff

Source: Huffington Post — Multi-millionaire Jimi Heselden, the owner of Segway Inc. since December 2009, has died after reportedly driving a Segway scooter off a cliff and into a river.

The fatal accident allegedly occurred at Heselden’s West Yorkshire estate, according to the Daily Mail. He 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,” writes the Daily Mail. “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.’”

Police told the Telegraph that a “Segway-style vehicle” was recovered at the scene of the accident.

Hesco Bastion, the company of which Heselden was chairman, confirmed Heselden’s death in a statement given to the BBC. “It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that Jimi Heselden OBE, has died in a tragic accident near his home in West Yorkshire,” said the Hesco Bastion spokesperson.

Heselden was known for his generous philanthropy: he had donated over 23 million GBP to charitable causes over his lifetime.

According to the BBC, Heselden “worked as a miner before losing his job in a wave of redundancies in the 1980s. His engineering business went from strength-to-strength and he had a fortune reported to be [166 million GBP], making him one of the top 400 richest people in the UK.”


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