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May 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Seattle man dribbling soccer ball to Brazil killed in Oregon

Richard Swanson walks along a road in Kelso on May 7. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Bill Wagner)

Richard Swanson walks along a road in Kelso on May 7.      (AP Photo/The Daily News, Bill Wagner)

By Jeff Barnard /The Associated Press

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

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

Lt. Jerry Palmer said investigators found materials among Swanson’s belongings listing his website.

Swanson set out on the trek to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates durable blue soccer balls to people in developing countries.

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| Topics: 2014 World Cup, One World Futbol Project