Seattle man killed while attempting to dribble soccer ball to Brazil

By Evan Hilbert |

A Seattle man was killed Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck as he attempted to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles from his home to Sao Paolo, Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

Richard Swanson, 42, was struck around 10 a.m. in Lincoln City, Ore. and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The driver of the truck has not been charged, according to the Associated Press.

Swanson's trek began May 1 and was to take him through 11 countries before he was to arrive in Brazil. His goal was to promote One World Futbol Project out of Berkeley, Calif., which provides soccer balls to developing countries.

"It will be a trip of a lifetime where I will push myself further than I ever thought possible," Swanson wrote on his website prior to embarking on the journey.

A Facebook page created to follow Swanson on his journey was updated with news of his death Tuesday afternoon.

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