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Man dribbling soccer ball to Brazil killed by car


Published:   |   Updated: May 14, 2013 at 11:43 PM

A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup has died after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast.

Police in Lincoln City say 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit this morning while walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared 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 Berkley, Calif., which donates durable soccer balls to people in developing countries. The organization did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

Police say Palmer's soccer ball was recovered.

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