Driver Arrested in Death of World-Cup-Bound Soccer Ball Dribbler

Driver Arrested in Death of World-Cup-Bound Soccer Ball Dribbler

Oregon police arrested a driver who allegedly struck and killed a man attempting to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

Richard Swanson planned to dribble the ball over 10,000 “more than a year through 11 countries before reaching Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the opener of the World Cup soccer tournament will be played June 12, 2014.”

Authorities arrested Scott Van Hiatt on Monday Monday “on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.”

Swanson, the person who died, “was hit from behind by a pickup while walking south along busy U.S. 101 on May 14, just a few days shy of his 43rd birthday.” Hiatt, the driver, stayed on scene and reportedly cooperated with the police. 

According to ESPN, Swanson started his journey on May 1 and was “partly promoting the Berkeley, Calif.-based One World Futbol Project, which donates durable blue balls to people in developing countries.”

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