Man Dribbling Soccer Ball to Brazil Killed by Truck
Was promoting One World Futbol
A man attempting to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle, Washington, to Brazil was struck and killed by a truck Tuesday just 14 days and 260 miles into his journey. Richard Swanson, 42, was attempting the 10,000-mile trip to promote One World Futbol, which donates soccer balls to children in developing countries. He was walking along U.S. Highway 101 outside Lincoln City, Oregon, when he was struck. He was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead.
Swanson, a private investigator, said in an interview with the The Daily News newspaper in Longview, Washington, that he was just looking for an adventure in between jobs.
“We are deeply saddened to learn about Richard’s death,” said One World Futbol’s Lisa Tarver 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.”
The driver of the pickup truck that killed Swanson has not been charged and is cooperating fully with authorities.
Police say that they have recovered Swanson’s soccer ball.