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Segway Owner's Death in Segway Accident An Ultimate Tragic Irony


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James W. Heselden, the owner of Segway Company died in an accident involving one of his own Segway cars on Sunday when he  plunged off a cliff into a river. 

Not only is this story tragic, but it's ironic considering that Heselden is the owner of the electric scooter company. For those of you who are unaware of what segways are, they are two-wheeler, self-balancing electric scooters, used by law enforcement personnel and made popular by the movie "Mall Cop" starring Kevin James.

It has been reported that Mr. Heselden was test driving the Segway scooter before his tragic plunge.

The Segway Company released the following statement on their website:

"It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that Jimi Heselden OBE, has died in a tragic accident near his home in West Yorkshire. Jimi Heselden, 62, was Chairman of Hesco Bastion Ltd, the world leading manufacturer of protective barriers and owner of Segway Inc. Jimi is perhaps best known for his charity work with Help for Heroes and the Leeds Community Foundation. A £10m gift to the Foundation earlier this month saw his lifetime charitable donations top £23m. Our thoughts go out to his family and many friends, who have asked for privacy at this time."

When I first learned of this tragic accident, the first thing that came to mind was the ultimate in American ironies involving death - the passing of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Not only did both men die on the same day, but they also passed away on the 4th of July. But, it wasn't any 4th of July - it was on July, 4 1826 that both men passed away - the 50th anniversary of the birth of our nation. This remains our greatest American tragic irony.

Heselden's death is by far Britain's most ironic, tragic death of a major figure in recent memory.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com