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Segway Owner Dies on Segway

Segway Inc. Owner Dies Driving Off Cliff on Segway

What a horrible, horrible tragedy. Millionaire James Heselden, 62, died yesterday when he drove off the cliff on a Segway and fell more than 30 feet into the River Wharfe in West Yorkshire. Heselden's family said in an emailed statement “there is absolutely nothing to suggest it was anything other than a tragic accident.”

The battery-powered two-wheeled vehicle faced negative press in the past when 23,500 Segways had to be recalled four years ago because of some reversal problems. In 2003, former President George Bush was also seen jumping off a Segway after losing control of it.

I'm a huge fan of company executives using their own products, but a scenario like this makes me a bit hesitant about riding Segways. What about you — has this bit of news turned you off the scooters?

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I guess you have to learn how to ride them, just like you have to learn to ride bicycles and cars. Would anyone doubt their product if the owner of a car company died in a car accident? (assuming it was not related to issues like the reversal problem you mentioned)
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
suspect he had a heart attack and THEN went over the cliff.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I agree -- what a sad irony.
kcboyer kcboyer 6 years
This is just ironic...sad, but ironic.
weffie weffie 6 years
I didn't need this news to turn me off of them, the desire to not be a lazy fatass has already done that. If this guy had just used his legs he'd still be alive. For some reason, the thought of driving off a cliff on a Segway makes me think of the old ladies on the Hoveround commercial rolling up to the edge of the Grand Canyon... that always seemed dangerous lol
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Oh my goodness! That has to be one of the most ironic ways to die that I've ever heard of. I feel bad for his family, though.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
I feel really bad because instead of going to "Aw, that's sad," my first reaction was to facepalm, followed by a robot uprising joke.
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