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Owner of Segway company dies in Segway crash

Discussion in 'Technology' started by alexd, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    Police in Britain have now confirmed that a man killed in an accident involving a Segway scooter was the owner of the company.

    Tourists ride Segway electric vehicles in front of the White House. The man who bought the U.S. company last December was killed near his U.K. home riding one. Tourists ride Segway electric vehicles in front of the White House. The man who bought the U.S. company last December was killed near his U.K. home riding one. (Ron Edmonds/Associated Press)"Police have named James William Heselden as the 62-year-old man who was pronounced dead yesterday," a release from West Yorkshire Police said Monday.

    Known by most as Jimi, Heselden was a flamboyant millionaire who bought the New Hampshire-based Segway business last December.

    Heselden's body was pulled from River Wharfe and a Segway-style vehicle was recovered from the scene, according police. They had been called at 11:40 a.m. local time Sunday over reports of a man having fallen from a cliff.

    Reports vary on how the accident happened. Some say Heselden was testing a new cross-country version of the Segway, while others say he was riding the Segway as he checked his estate.

    The Segway is a two-wheeled motorized scooter once touted as the device that would revolutionize personal transportation. However, the Segway never captured a large market.

    Heselden was a former miner and inventor who made millions on military defence contracts.


    Read more: CBC News - Consumer Life - Segway crash kills company's U.K. owner
     
  2. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    Heselden, it should be noted, was not the inventor of the Segway (that would be Dean Kamen, who has obviously moved on to other things)...
     
  3. Bass-Invader

    Bass-Invader TRIBE Member

    @DrSamuelJohnson
    Segway (n.) Cumbersome wheel'd Cart that does perform the twin Functions of a Sedan-Chair & a HEARSE
     
  4. Musical Rush

    Musical Rush TRIBE Member

    They should add a new safety feature. If you feel that you're in danger, you push a button, then a hard rubber safety ball forms around you. So if you get hit by a truck or train you now become a pinball.
     
  5. Aerius Zension

    Aerius Zension TRIBE Member

    Such a sad day

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