Seattle Man Dribbling Soccer Ball Around World Dies After Hit By Truck
Very sad news as an inspiring individual has passed away doing what he loves.
Richard Swanson — who had been trying to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup — was struck by a vehicle and killed during his attempt on May 14, according to Perez Hilton.
Richard was walking south on Highway 101 in Oregon when he was hit by a pickup truck. The truck's driver has not been charged with his death.
Richard had only recently begun his 10,000-mile journey on May 1st.
He was making the trek to promote One World Futbol, which donates soccer balls to people in developing countries.
"We want to express our most sincere gratitude on behalf of Richard's family, friends, and Team Richard for all the condolences, love, and continued support that the world has given to Richard Swanson," reads an official statement on his Facebook page.
"We are sure he is smiling down at all the posts, kind words, and love being shared," the statement continues.
Richard himself was a private investigator who had some free time, and he was also passionate about running and playing soccer.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this very difficult time.