A stupid way to die

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A 42-year-old Seattle man, father to at least one son, was killed when he was hit on Highway 101 in Oregon.
What was he doing on the freeway?
He was 14 days and 260 miles into the mission he had given himself — that of dribbling a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup, for charity.
For what great charity was he dribbling the soccer ball?
The charity is a Berkeley-based effort to donate durable soccer balls to developing countries.

Tragic end: Richard Swanson, 42, from Seattle, was trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup when he was struck and killed by a car in Oregon on Tuesday
Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10 a.m. walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits.
Nina Golgowski reports for The Daily Mail, Maypolice in Lincoln City, Oregon, say 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit on Tuesday morning 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 and is said to be cooperating.

Swanson set out on the trek on May 1 to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates durable soccer balls to people in developing countries.
Along the way he documented his travel on his BreakawayBrazil Facebook page with a map and photos of the sights he saw and people he met.

Big plans: A map shows his planned course of travel stretching 10,000 miles along the U.S.' west coast and into Central and South America

Among those expressing their grief was Swanson’s son, Devin Swanson, who wrote on his Facebook page: “He died doin what he loved and thats the only [consolation] I have. I f***ing love you dad and I hope you’re in a better place now. I would give anything and everything just to have one more day with you.”


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0 responses to “A stupid way to die

  1. How soon will this be on ” A Thousand Ways To Die ” ?

  2. Sad.

  3. Very sad. When I read the story, my first thought was, why hadn’t he been warned about places like the no-man’s-land on the Panama-Colombia border. But then I read he had died in the most dangerous (statistically) place in the world, our highways in America.
    RIP Richard,

  4. In the photos he appears to be an intelligent, aware person, so how could this happen? How could the driver have not seen an adult human? And why could he not have simply done the same stunt at home, only going for a record number of days? Very strange, IMO. Now his wife and child are left with this hanging over the rest of their lives….

  5. Having driven 101 in Oregon pulling a travel trailer, I would sure hate to be a pedestrian on the shoulder. The road is very narrow, and full of blind curves in many places. The steel edge barriers are all bent from being hit by cars and trucks. It’s a beautiful place but not a place to walk or pull a trailer. My sympathy goes to his family. I suspect he wouldn’t have made it to Brazil in any case.

  6. I have driven 101 for years and could drive in my sleep, well almost. Not a highway for folks on bicycles or as pedestrian. I drove a log truck for a few months right where this poor soul was killed. The stupidity of how people drive on 101 has always amazed me. Worse than through many of the Indian reservations I have traveled through..I fished all along the Oregon coast for yearsfor Salmon Steelhead when we lived in valley. This is one the worst highways in the USA by far. Highway 97 here in central POORegon from Bend down to Klamath Falls is almost as bad.
    Great to follow your dreams but seems like common sense went out the window in this instance.

  7. Looks like Darwin let us down.
    These goobers are supposed to go before they have a chance to procreate.

  8. God this is so sad.


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