Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oregon driver arrested in death of man trying to dribble soccer ball to Brazil

Richard Swanson dribbles his 'One World Futbol' in his hometown of Seattle shortly before beginning his journey. (Photo: Breakaway Brazil)

The Oregon driver responsible for fatally striking Richard Swanson, the man who was attempting to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles from Seattle to Brazil, has been charged in the accident.

Scott Van Hiatt was arrested Monday by Lincoln City Police and charged with criminally negligent homicide. Van Hiatt allegedly hit the 42-year-old Swanson from behind with his pickup truck alongside the Oregon Coast Highway last month.

Swanson had just embarked on a journey to meet new people and bring awareness to the One World Futbol Project whose mission was to provide children in third-world countries with a durable soccer ball that never went flat.

Swanson's goal was to complete the long trip in 13 months and arrive in Sao Paulo, Brazil in time for the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Unfortunately, his trek ended after only 14 days.

“He wanted to do something to encourage his boys and to be a better person in the world,” friend Kristi Schwesinger told For The Win in May. “This mission really helped him meet people and connect with people in a way that he never thought was possible for himself.”

Via For the Win

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