A Seattle man who was attempting to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup was struck by a pickup truck and died Tuesday as he walked along the Oregon Coast.
Two weeks into the journey, Richard Swanson, 42, was hit as he walked south along U.S. Highway 101. He was declared dead at a local hospital and the driver has not been charged, police in Lincoln City, Ore., told the Associated Press.
“It will be the trip of a lifetime, where I will push myself further than I ever thought possible,” Swanson had written on his website, breakawaybrazil.com.
Swanson, a private investigator, planned to walk through 11 countries en route to Sao Paulo, promoting One World Futbol, a project to donate soccer balls to people in developing countries.
“I felt destined that I should go on this trip,” he said.