National Public Radio reports September 27, 2010, that the owner of
Segway, a personal transport device, apparently drove one of his products off
of a cliff and into a river, causing his death.
Jimi Heselden, the company’s owner, grew up poor in London. He quit
school to work in the mines at age 15. He made most of his money after
he founded Hesco Bastion, a company that makes concertina barriers that
are used to protect military bases and secure areas. The protection devices
can withstand a car bomb and are in use all over Iraq and Afghanistan.
Heselden was a philanthropist who gave away 23 million pounds to various
The unique Segway was marketed as a safe and simple form of personal transportation.
It is ironic that the very person who owned the company apparently wasn’t
using the device as safely as he should have been.