Soccer Ball-Dribbling Man, Traveling From Seattle to Brazil, Killed in Oregon

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Richard Swanson was raising money for One World Futbol, which donates durable soccer balls to developing countries.
  • Richard Swanson was raising money for One World Futbol, which donates durable soccer balls to developing countries.

Richard Swanson set out on the trip of a lifetime earlier this month—dribbling a soccer ball to Brazil to raise money for a charity.

But on the morning of May 14, less than two weeks into his adventure, the 42-year-old was struck and killed by a truck in Lincoln City, Ore. His soccer ball was found nearby.

A statement on Swanson’s Facebook page announced his untimely death: “It is with a heavy heart to notify you that Richard Swanson passed on this morning. His team, family, friends, and loved ones will miss him and love him dearly. You made it to Brazil in our hearts, Richard.”

Swanson left Seattle May 1 and planned to arrive in Sao Paolo in time for the first game of the 2014 World Cup. The trip would have taken him through 11 countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and El Salvador.

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

Swanson was struck at about 10 a.m. as he walked along U.S. Highway 101 near the outskirts of Lincoln City, the Associated Press reported. The driver has not been charged.

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