Monday, September 27, 2010

Are Segways Safe - Millionare owner dies in Bizzare accident

The millionaire owner of the Segway upright scooter company has died in a freak accident after riding one of the machines off a cliff into a river. 


Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe at a beauty spot close to his home on an estate in Boston Spa, near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

It is thought he lost control of one of the all-terrain versions of the machine as he travelled along a rutted bridleway close to his estate near Boston Spa, West Yorks, on Sunday morning.

he narrow pathway is littered with tree roots and is rutted and uneven for most of its length, used mainly by walkers and ramblers.
After dropping from the bridleway, he is understood to have fallen 80ft over the overgrown cliff and his body was discovered in the river after a passer-by called the emergency services.

Police said his body was recovered from the river but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
His wife Julie and other members of his family were too upset to talk about the tragedy.
A member of staff at his home, known as Flint Mill, near Wetherby Racecourse, said: “We are absolutely gutted, no one wants to talk about it.”

The property, protected by electronically controlled eight feet high metal gates, includes a stable block and museum.
Mr Heselden, a former miner who made a fortune developing a blast wall to protect troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, bought the Segway company in December last year. 

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