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June 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Charges filed in fatal hit-and-run of man dribbling soccer ball to Brazil

Oregon police have filed charges against the driver who allegedly struck and killed a Seattle man who was dribbling a soccer ball to Brazil.

Lincoln City Police Chief Keith Killian said the driver, Scott Hiatt, was arrested Monday and charged with criminally negligent homicide, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Hiatt, 51, of Neskowin, a small city on the Oregon coast, has had criminal problems in the past.

The Seattle man, 42-year-old Richard Swanson, was walking on a coastal highway just outside of Lincoln City when he was hit from behind on the morning of May 14.

Swanson had set off two weeks earlier from Seattle Center on a trip to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup — determined to dribble a soccer ball the whole way.

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