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Man dies after being hit by truck on World Cup dribble trek

ESPN staff
May 15, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

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

Police in Lincoln City, Oregon, said 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10am walking south along US Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared dead at a local hospital. The driver has not been charged.

Lt. Jerry Palmer said 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, California, which donates durable footballs to people in developing countries. The company did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

Police said Palmer's football was recovered.

In an interview with The Daily News in Longview, Washington, Swanson said he was a private investigator looking for an adventure while between jobs. An avid runner, he picked up football just five years ago and played on club teams and supported the Seattle Sounders.

"I felt destined that I should go on this trip," he said.

His website said he left Seattle on May 1, and the trip would take him through 11 countries before reaching Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the World Cup will be played.

"It will be a trip of a lifetime where I will push myself further than I ever thought possible," he wrote.

The website includes a map showing his route.

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