A man who was attempting to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil before the start of the 2014 World Cup died on Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck.
Richard Swanson, 42, was reportedly struck down at 10 a.m. yesterday. He was quickly transported to a hospital, however, there was nothing officials could do at that point.
Swanson’s goal of traveling 10,000 miles was part of an effort to promote the One World Futbol Project – a promotion that gives away soccer balls to people in developing countries. His trip was supposed to take him though 11 countries before he reached São Paulo, Brazil, the venue of the 2014 World Cup.
"We are deeply saddened to learn about Richard's death," Lisa Tarver, chief operating officer of One World Futbol Project, said in a statement. "He was a very inspiring man who in a very short time walked his way into many lives. Our thoughts are with his family."
The driver that hit Swanson has not been charged.