A Seattle man attempting to dribble a soccer ball from here to Sao Paulo, Brazil to watch the 2014 World Cup was struck and killed by a car just 14 days into his journey.
Richard Swanson, 42, an avid Seattle Sounders fan, was hit by a car about 10 a.m. on Tuesday in Lincoln City, Ore. Swanson had planned to dribble a blue soccer ball through 11 countries during the year-long trek, Yahoo Sports reports.
Police said Swanson was walking alongside a stretch of Highway 101, close to the south limits of Lincoln City, when he was struck from behind by a 1995 Nissan pickup truck driven by 52-year-old Scott Van Hiatt, according to the News Guard, a local newspaper.
Van Hiatt remained at the scene until police arrived, the report said, but paramedics were unable to save Swanson, who was declared dead at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.
While police said there's no indication that Swanson was dribbling at the time of the accident, the Oregonian notes that his blue soccer ball was found with him.
Before his death, Swanson wrote about the motivations behind his dribbling journey to Sao Paulo on his website, Breakaway Brazil. Swanson, the father of two sons, said he lost his job as a graphic designer last year and decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of attending the World Cup. He couldn't afford airfare so he set off on May 1, dribbling his way to Brazil.
"Screw what happens, I don't even care," Swanson blogged. "As crazy as the idea sounds, that idea spurred on to the next leg of 'Well, since I'm going to the World Cup, I should honor it by dribbling a soccer ball.' Which even makes the trip even more crazy."