September 27th, 2010
10:22 AM ET

Segway company owner killed in accident

The owner of the Segway company has died, apparently in an accident involving one of his upright two-wheeled vehicles, police in England said Monday.

The body of James Heselden, 62, was pulled from the River Wharfe in northern England on Sunday, police said.

A Segway-type vehicle was recovered from the river, police said.

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  1. kittybling

    He must of had a defected Segway?

    September 27, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. iPwn

    I told him his segway couldn't jump the river, but would he listen? NOOOOOO!

    September 27, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robotnik

    Once I get that killer Segway from the river, I can then rule all of Mobius and finally defeat that damn Hedgehog!

    September 27, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. whoopingcough

    Was Bush there, it could have been his fault. Send all bills and/or charges to BP

    September 27, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Posh-Kenneth

    oh the horror of texting while seg...waying.

    September 27, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Amy

    You people are sick. And to the other person posting as Amy: wow. Your wit staggers me.

    September 27, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @amy- apparently their wit, or lack there of, does something to you... enough that you felt the need to respond. How do you know that they aren't named Amy too? This isn't highlander "there can only be one" don't really apply... or... did you think you were special? Aww, that's cute.

      Let these people have their fun, for some of us its the only joy we get while were commenting on here when we should be working. If I want to laugh at some idiot that segway'd himself into the river, I will.

      Idiot.

      September 27, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @amy- you said: To the imposter Amy – Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

      i say "better to have shut your mouth and thought something awesome than opened it and said something lame"

      September 27, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Numbaoneballa

      To the whiny finger pointing stone casting original Amy; STFU

      September 27, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. fred flinstone

    dude i have a sense of humor but i don't find dead body's turning up in rivers funny in any way at all

    September 27, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @fred flinstone- is it just the locale that turns you off? because I'm pretty sure dead bodies can "pop up" just about anywhere. Want a few examples?

      Okay, here we go: local supermarkets under the fresh produce, trash heaps, trash bins, bottom of a large body of water perferably with cement blocks on their feet, alley ways, and I even had the misfortune of stumbling over one while jogging two years ago.

      You can laugh about many things Fred, not just d*ck and fart jokes.

      September 27, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. eric nickell

    Who didn't see this coming? It is ironic. It's also apropos and...I hate to say it...actually somewhat funny.

    The only thing comparable would have been if one of Ron Popeil's gadgets–perhaps that thing he marketed in the 1970s which made drinking glasses from glass bottles–had killed him.

    September 27, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. RichG

    The Segway was made for lazy a55 people.

    September 27, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jesus Lives (Madonna's Boyfriend that is)

    I feel thoroughly ashamed for enjoying your jokes so much. Condolences to his family. But seriously, leggo his ego – that's worth a Pulitzer! Lovesit.

    September 27, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Alanis

    Isn't it ironic?

    September 27, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Gary

    Here in NYC, I think I've seen all of five Segways since they came out.

    September 27, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Marcus R.

    From TIME's 2001(!) piece on Segway:

    No matter how inherently safe Segways may be, someone, somewhere is going to kill himself on one. "It's inevitable," says Gary Bridge, Segway's marketing chief. "I dread that day."

    September 27, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Name*Ninian Reid

    As bizarre as it is tragic.

    September 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Maggie

    For everyone who is joking about this man's death, read this article http://www.katc.com/news/segway-owner-plunges-to-his-death-on-a-segway. Among other things, it tells how he had donated 23 million pounds (over 36 million US dollars) in charitable donations. Joking about someone's death, no matter how it happened, is sick. And it certainly isn't "ironic." It is not surprising that the man who owned the Segway company was riding on a Segway.

    September 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • witchymom

      You are absolutely right. This man's death is a tragedy, and not a laughing matter. His other firm, Hesco Bastion Ltd. developed the blast walls that are protecting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe the people here who find his death so amusing should get back to work and make something of themselves instead of making a mockery of the death of someone who did far more with his life than they ever will.

      September 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • thebozz

      It IS ironic.

      As we appear to have an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.

      The Segway was marketed as a safe ride (Geedubyas fall was just part of the grading curve).

      A SAFE ride, driven by a person who crafted the SAFE message and presumably with many hours on the device, results in operator DEATH. That is irony.

      September 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Just because someone makes a donation does not excuse the crimes committed against humanity by promoting that infernal segway machine. No wonder it was banned in so many places. And the segway people tried to unduly influence (bribe) politicians to allow it. Another criminal gone over a cliff.

      September 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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