Man Dribbling Soccer Ball From Seattle to Brazil Hit By Truck in Oregon – Ball Is Saved

Richard Swanson was hoping to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.
He was killed when a truck hit him on the road in Oregon.
richard swanson

Police say his ball was rescued.
The Boston Herald reported:

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.

Lt. Jerry Palmer said investigators found materials among Swanson’s belongings listing his website,

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.

“We are deeply saddened to learn about Richard’s death,” Lisa Tarver, chief operating officer of One World Futbol Project, said in a statement. “He was a very inspiring man who in a very short time walked his way into many lives. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Police said Palmer’s soccer ball was recovered.

And, that’s why your parents tell you not to play in the street.

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