05-15-2013, 12:23 PM #1
Seattle man dribbling soccer ball to Brazil killed by truck on Oregon coast highway
Man dribbling soccer ball to Brazil killed by car (AP/newsok.com)
A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast.
Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10 a.m. while walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared dead at a hospital. The driver has not been charged.
Swanson set out on the trek to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates durable blue soccer balls to people in developing countries.
Police said Palmer's soccer ball was recovered.
Kristi Schwesinger, a close friend of Swanson's, said he had been a private investigator for many years, and switched to a new career as a graphic designer, but was laid off recently, and looking for an adventure.
"And he loved the game of soccer," she said. "He stumbled on this great organization, One World Futbol, and decided this would be his passion the next year."
05-15-2013, 02:48 PM #2Registered User
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That's really sad. RIP Mr. Swanson.
05-15-2013, 03:35 PM #3
I'm sorry he died; without sounding harsh, however....dribbling a ball on the side of a highway is probably just asking for trouble.
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