'Act of courtesy' caused Segway millionaire to plunge over cliff
Published 16/07/2011 | 05:00
THE death of a multimillionaire businessman who fell off a cliff while riding his Segway scooter was probably caused by an "act of courtesy" to a fellow dog walker, a coroner said yesterday.
Jimi Heselden, who bought the European licence to the two-wheeled scooter a few years before his death, fell 42 feet from a footpath last year while apparently testing a rough-terrain model.
A witness said the 62-year-old had moved backwards, as if to let him pass, as they approached each other on a path.
Mr Heselden then "disappeared", falling over a drop. Experts found no fault with the Segway. (© Independent News Service)