5 fatal accidents involving hoverboards, electric skateboards and scooters

Hoverboards have been gaining in popularity worldwide in recent months.
Hoverboards have been gaining in popularity worldwide in recent months.PHOTO: HENDO

Hoverboards, or self-balancing electric scooters, have been making waves worldwide.

Falcon PEV, an electric scooter distributor, sold more than 1,000 last year in Singapore, a 25 per cent increase from 2014.

But with popularity comes tragedy, with reports of hoverboards catching fire and users getting injured.

Singapore Airlines, along with top American airlines, have banned hoverboards on all of its flights.

Spring Singapore, which regulates consumer products for safety, says overcharging hoverboards may cause the battery to overheat and catch fire.

We look at five deaths from hoverboards, and electric skateboards and scooters.

1. Fatal fall from skateboard

Mr Matthieu Thomas Maugueret, 38, was heading towards East Coast Park when he fell at the Green Connecting Bridge along East Coast Park Service Road .

The chiropractor, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered serious head injuries after falling off his electric skateboard.

Pedestrians found Mr Maugueret, who had just met his girlfriend at Gardens By The Bay earlier, lying on the ground.

He died five days later on Nov, 17, 2015.

State Coroner Marvin Bay ruled on May 4 that his death was a "misadventure".

2. E-scooter fan dies after falls


Mr Sam Koh was riding his e-scooter when he fell and suffered serious injuries. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

Mr Sam Koh, 23, was riding on his e-scooter with two friends when he fell and suffered serious head injuries.

Mr Koh, who was not wearing a helmet, was on his way to Marina Bay Sands from East Coast Park on March 19 when the accident happened.

He died from his injuries the next day.

Mr Koh worked for PassionGadgets, a shop that sold e-scooters and unicycles, and was an e-scooter enthusiast.

Mr Koh, who was described by his brother as an "expert" on the e-scooter, had been planning to apply for a Housing Board flat with his long-time girlfriend.

3. Segway owner's death ride


Tourists ride their Segway boards in front of the Hofburg Palace in Austria on April 2, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Mr Jimi Heselden, 62, was riding a two-wheeled Segway on Sept 26, 2010, along a narrow pathway near his estate in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. The pathway was uneven, with many tree roots in the way, according to the Daily Mail.

Mr Heselden was the owner of the Segway Inc, the maker of the self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle.

On the day of the accident, he lost control of the machine, falling 24m off a limestone cliff.

His body was found in the River Wharfe under the cliff.

The multi-millionaire businessman was known for his charitable nature.

According to the BBC, he had donated £23 million to the Leeds Community Foundation and was active in Help For Heroes, a charity for veterans and servicemen.

4. Hoverboard user dragged by London bus

Nawaf Al-Tuwayan was riding his hoverboard when he fell in front of a bus on Dec 10, 2015.

The 15-year-old Londoner was out buying milk for his mother when the accident happened.

His body was dragged on the road in Alperton for 183m before the bus driver realised what was happening.

According to The Mirror, a passer-by had witnessed the accident and chased after the bus driver.

Mr Jeffery Mingle, 33, knocked on the door of the bus and shouted "You need to stop, you need to stop," but it as too late for Nawaf.

5. Skateboard designer dies after collision

Mr George Schnakenberg III was riding his electric skateboard on July 22, 2014, in San Francisco, California, when he suddenly collapsed.

According to the Daily Mail, he hit a parked car and and died later in hospital.

The 38-year-old worked at Infinite Collective, a firm which designs electric skateboards.

His wife Joanne Chang, who was due to give birth to their first child at the time of the accident, said: "I still cannot comprehend that the invention he was most proud of-his daughter- is one he will not get to see."