Per the Daily Mail online:
The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river.
Former miner Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe while riding around his West Yorkshire estate in Boston Spa on a rugged country version of the Segway.
He bought the firm last December and was using one of the machines – which use gyroscopes to remain upright and are controlled by the direction in which the rider leans – to inspect the grounds of his property…
Kid from the projects (council estates) loses his job when Thatcherites destroy the miners unions, patents a “concertina wire mesh and fabric container to be used for building flood management and to limit erosion”, becomes a multi-millionaire with an OBE after his invention “found favour with the armies of several countries, as they allowed effective blast walls, barriers, and revetments to be quickly constructed… shipped (flat-packed) in great numbers to conflict zones including Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan… “ Gives millions to charities, including Help for Heroes. Buys the latest “green commuter” transportation company, and a few months later he’s found dead as the result of a “freak accident” involving one of those transports.
There’s at least one novel to be written here… not to mention a whole intertubez’ worth of conspiracy theories.