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Segway Owner, Jimi Heselden Dies in Accident

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September 28th, 2010

Jimi Heselden whom bought out Segway Inc. in December 2009, died after reportedly driving a Segway scooter off a cliff and into a river. The horrific fatal accident happened at the 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. 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.'"

The officials told the Telegraph that a Segway vehicle was recovered from the scene. Jimi’s death was confirmed by Hesco Bastion, the company in which he was chairman of. In the statement given to the BBC by a Hesco spokesperson, it was said;

"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,"

Jimi was widely known for his generosity. He donated over 23 million GBP to charitable causes over his lifetime. He was listed as one of the top 400 richest people in the UK. Jimi came from a poor background having worked as a miner before losing his job in a wave of redundancies in the 1980’s.

May you rest in peace.



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