May 15, 2013)—Richard Swanson, 42, of Seattle, who was trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup, died after a pickup truck struck him on a highway on the Oregon Coast.
Police in Lincoln City say Swanson was hit Tuesday morning while he headed south on U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits.
He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The driver has not been charged.
Lt. Jerry Palmer says investigators found materials among Swanson's things listing his website, breakawaybrazil.com.
Swanson set out on the trek to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates durable soccer balls to people in developing countries.
Police say Palmer's soccer ball was recovered.
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