Jimi Heselden, the British multi-millionaire owner of Segway, was killed in a freak accident on Sunday when the all-terrain Segway he was riding went off a cliff and into a river. Heselden was riding the Segway to inspect his country estate, when he lost control and fell into the River Wharfe. Authorities don’t yet know if the accident was due to a machine malfunction or operator error, but Heselden’s death isn’t considered suspicious.
Segway scooters come in a range of choices, and can be equipped for anything from urban commuting to backcountry exploring. The scooters are road legal in 30 U.S. states, but are approved for use on private property only in the UK. Campaigns to approve Segways for use on UK cycle paths have been unsuccessful;despite the scooter’s limited appeal in the UK, Heselden saw enough potential to buy the company last December.
Heselden, a former miner, made his fortune in defense by inventing a portable “blast wall” to protect front line troops. The product replaces sandbags and offers better protection coupled with easier deployment. Heselden, who was known for his philanthropy, also led his company in designing the “R-House”, a temporary shelter for disaster victims that can accommodate up to eight adults.
Source: Daily Mail