Jimi Heselden, the man who purchased the Segway company from inventor Dean Kamen, died in a Segway accident yesterday.
Police believe that Heselden’s Segway drove off a cliff into the River Wharfe, which is located in Yorkshire, England. A spokesman for the West Yorkshire police department said, “Police have named James William Heselden as the 62-year-old local man who was pronounced dead yesterday after being pulled from the River Wharfe near to Leys Lane at Boston Spa.”
At this time, police do not believe there was anything suspicious about the accident. Heselden was known as one of the 400 richest people in the United Kingdom, but apparently came from “humble beginnings.”
He spent his early years as a miner before developing technology used to protect soldiers from explosions “in every major conflict since the first Gulf war.” Heselden was also known as a generous philanthropist, donating much of his fortune to various causes near his hometown.