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Driver charged for death of soccer ball dribbler on Oregon coast

Richard Swanson, Photo: YouTube Richard Swanson, Photo: YouTube
Scott Hiatt Scott Hiatt

A driver is now facing charges for the death of a man dribbling a soccer ball along the West Coast with a mission of making it to the World Cup.

Richard Swanson, 42, of Seattle, was hit from behind by a pickup and killed along the southbound shoulder of Highway 101 in May near Lincoln City.

The driver of the truck, Scott Hiatt, 52, of Neskowin, was arrested Monday on charges of criminally negligent homicide. He is in the Lincoln County Jail on $50,000 bail and is due to be arraigned Tuesday, according to the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.

Swanson had a website describing his walking journey to the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also posted a video on YouTube describing why he was doing it.

After working as a private investigator, he decided to change careers and focus on graphic design. He was laid off last year.

"I was a little bummed out," he said in the video. "It gives you time to think about what you want out of life, and one of the things I've always wanted to do is go see the World Cup."

He left May 1 and was killed May 14. He would have turned 43 years old on May 19. Swanson had two adult sons.

He decided to raise awareness for the One World Futbol Organization by dribbling a ball throughout his journey. The organization gives virtually indestructible soccer balls to disadvantaged communities.

Investigators said there is no indication Swanson was dribbling his soccer ball along the roadside at the time of the crash.

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