Segway Owner Dies After Driving one Off a Cliff

Jimi Heselden who owns the Segway company has been found dead, apparently having driven one of the two-wheeled vehicles off a cliff on his North Yorkshire estate.

The multi-millionaire businessman, 62, fell into the River Wharfe while inspecting the grounds of his North Yorkshire estate on the ‘off-road’ version of the Segway.

Jimi Heselden was the owner of Hesco Bastion the UK-based company which purchased the Segway brand from its original inventors, Segway Inc.

A spokeperson for West Yorkshire Police said, “Police were called at 11.40am yesterday to reports of a man in the River Wharfe, apparently having fallen from the cliffs above. A Segway-style vehicle was recovered. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

In July, another Yorkshireman, Phillip Coates, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, became the first ever person to be prosecuted for driving the motorised scooter on the pavement in the UK.

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