Segway boss Heselden dies after riding Segway off cliff

“In a bizarre twist, James Heselden, owner of the company that makes the two-wheeled Segway personal transporter, died Sunday morning in a Segway-related mishap — just before the scheduled release of a study suggesting injuries related to the vehicles may be on the rise,” Dan Childs reports for ABC News.

“According to a witness report, Heselden, 62, apparently fell off a 30-foot cliff into a river while riding a Segway near his home in West Yorkshire, UK,” Childs reports. “Police found Heselden’s body and a Segway personal transporter in the river.”

Childs reports, “He was prounced dead at the scene and foul play is not suspected, West Yorkshire Police told reporters.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: When found, the Segway was just standing there in the water balancing on its own two wheels, unscratched.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

92 Comments

  1. It’s Apple news cause The Woz rides a Segway, and we want The Woz to live long enough to become incorporated into an android body, developed by Apple of course, so he can help troubleshoot and invent Apple products for all eternity.

    Oh yeah, sorry the old dude died, be careful The Woz!!!

  2. It’s Apple news cause The Woz rides a Segway, and we want The Woz to live long enough to become incorporated into an android body, developed by Apple of course, so he can help troubleshoot and invent Apple products for all eternity.

    Oh yeah, sorry the old dude died, be careful The Woz!!!

  3. To describe the TRAGEDY as “bizarre twist”, the “journalist” committed incompetent, shameless, cynical act, for which he should be fired immediately and forever banned from ever working in media-related business.

  4. To describe the TRAGEDY as “bizarre twist”, the “journalist” committed incompetent, shameless, cynical act, for which he should be fired immediately and forever banned from ever working in media-related business.

  5. Someday we’ll find it, the Apple connection,
    The lovers, the dreamers, and me.

    “If enough people see the machine you won’t have to convince them to architect cities around it. It’ll just happen.” – Steve Jobs on “Ginger” (later to be known as Segway Personal Transporter)

  6. Someday we’ll find it, the Apple connection,
    The lovers, the dreamers, and me.

    “If enough people see the machine you won’t have to convince them to architect cities around it. It’ll just happen.” – Steve Jobs on “Ginger” (later to be known as Segway Personal Transporter)

  7. @DeRS & ob1spyker,

    Agreed. It should definitely have been reported as: An Ironic Twist.

    It’s a little bizarre (as riding off a cliff usually is), but it is most certainly ironic.

  8. @DeRS & ob1spyker,

    Agreed. It should definitely have been reported as: An Ironic Twist.

    It’s a little bizarre (as riding off a cliff usually is), but it is most certainly ironic.

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