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Seattle man dribbling soccer ball to Brazil hit, killed by pickup in Ore.

Richard Swanson left Seattle on May 1 with the goal of dribbling down to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. He was struck and killed by a pickup truck near Lincoln City, Ore., on May 14.

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convictNEWPORT, Ore. — The man accused of hitting and killing a Seattle man attempting to dribble a soccer ball to Brazil for charity was released from jail Tuesday, The News Guard reported.

Scott Van Hiatt, the Oregon man charged with criminal negligent homicide in the killing of Richard Swanson on May 10, told Lincoln County Court Judge Sheryl Bachart that he is in hospice care and asked to be released from jail in order spend the final months of his life at home. He appeared on a court TV wearing a portable oxygen mask for the hearing.

However, Lincoln county District Attorney Rob Bovett argued it was not known for certain whether or not Hiatt was actually in hospice care. Bovett said Hiatt had prior convictions for perjury, and that his claim may have been false.

Hiatt was charged with killing Swanson in a crash on Highway 101 in Cutler City, Ore.

Though Hiatt was released from jail, prosecution in the case is expected to move forward.

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Richard Swanson, 42, of Seattle, had planned to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. He was hit by a truck and killed May 14 in Oregon. (Photo: breakawaybrazil.com)

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. — The driver who struck and killed a Seattle man dribbling a soccer ball to the World Cup in Brazil was arrested Monday on charges of criminally negligent homicide, The Oregonian reported.

Scott Van Hiatt, 52, of Neskowin, Ore., was being held on $50,000 bail in the Lincoln County Jail pending arraignment Tuesday, the newspaper said.

Lincoln County deputy district attorney Elijah Michalowski said a grand jury indicted Van Hiatt last Thursday.

Lincoln City Police Lt. Jerry Palmer said soccer fan Richard Swanson was walking along U.S. 101 near the south city limits around 10 a.m. May 14 when struck from behind by a 1995 Nissan pickup truck being driven by Hiatt. Palmer said Hiatt remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

He had planned to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

SEATTLE — Family and friends held a party for what would have been Richard Swanson’s 43rd birthday.

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Richard Swanson, 42, of Seattle, had planned to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. He was hit by a truck and killed Tuesday in Oregon. (Photo: breakawaybrazil.com)

Swanson died tragically last Tuesday when he was hit and killed by a pickup truck along Highway 101 near Lincoln City, Ore.

He loved soccer and made an ambitious goal to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil, arriving just in time for the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo. He was raising money for the One World Futbol Project, an organization that donates soccer balls to youth.

On Sunday, loved ones gathered at Die Bierstube, Swanson’s favorite bar  in the Roosevelt neighborhood.

Swanson’s best friend Patrick Allen said “Richard was always an inspiration for being able to set the bar very high and his ability to dream, and to do things that brought joy to him, and his friends and to his family.”

Swanson was dribbling a virtually indestructible soccer ball, called One World Futbol.

The creators of the ball said they are working with Swanson’s family to find a way to continue his dream of making it to Brazil for next year’s World Cup.

Swanson left Seattle on May 1.

It was an ambitious goal — to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil, arriving just in time for the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo.

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Richard Swanson, 42, of Seattle, had planned to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. He was hit by a truck and killed Tuesday in Oregon. (Photo: breakawaybrazil.com)

Unfortunately, for Richard Swanson, 42, of Seattle, his trip ended tragically when he was hit by a pickup truck and killed Tuesday morning along Highway 101 near Lincoln City, Ore.

His friends thought he should re-think his plan, but Swanson was determined to make this unbelievable trip.

He loved soccer, and the trip was a sport all its own — adventure walking.

“I said to myself, I should just walk to the World Cup and screw what happens, I don’t even care, just take off out the door and start hoofing it,” Swanson said before departing Seattle on May 1.

Instead of just walking, Swanson decided to dribble an indestructible soccer ball, called a One World futball.

“Since I’m going to the World Cup, I might as well honor it by dribbling a soccer ball, which would make the trip even more crazy.  I batted the idea around, thinking this is lunacy idea.  This is crazy. Who the hell would do that?”

Swanson headed south to Portland and then west to the Oregon coast.

On Tuesday, day 14, his trip ended tragically when he was struck from behind as he walked along Highway 101.

Swanson was transported to a local hospital in Lincoln City, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the driver stopped to help and is cooperating with the investigation.

Before his trip, Swanson spoke with Q13 FOX NEws about his trip and he was aware of the danger.

“I’ll be on Highway 101, but I’ll also try to utilize trails that run along the coast, just trying to get off the beaten path, there’s a lot of cars and just (try) not get run over.”

One of the best parts of his trip, Swanson said, was the walk south to his son’s house in Vancouver, Wash., where he spent time with him.

Swanson leaves behind two sons — ages 18 and 22.

Details of his memorial service are still being finalized.

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Richard Swanson, 42, of Seattle, had planned to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. He was hit by a truck and killed Tuesday in Oregon. (Photo: breakawaybrazil.com)

A Seattle man who left May 1 on a mission to dribble a soccer ball all the way to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 2014 World Cup was struck and killed by a pickup truck along a highway Tuesday near Lincoln City, Ore., police said.

Richard V. Swanson, 42, was walking south along the shoulder of Highway 101 near the city limits of Lincoln City when he was struck from behind by a 1995 Nissan pickup truck at about 10 a.m., police said.

Swanson was rushed to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased, the Lincoln City Police Department said in a news release.

The pickup driver, Scott Van Hiatt, 52, of Neskowin, Ore., has been cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Swanson was trekking from Seattle with a goal of reaching Sao Paulo, Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. Websites associated with Mr. Swanson’s trek (<http://breakawaybrazil.com/) indicate he was intending to dribble a soccer ball along his route.

“There is no indication that he was dribbling the futbol at the time of this crash,” the police statement said.

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05/01/13

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SoccerSEATTLE – A local man embarked on an epic journey to South America Wednesday morning, with his trusty soccer ball at his side.

Richard Swanson plans to dribble a blue soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil on a trip to the 2014 World Cup. He’s leaving his starting point at the Space Needle at 6 a.m. and will walk roughly 26 miles to get to his first resting point in Federal Way Wednesday.

Swanson said he’ll travel down the west coast of America and Mexico before heading into Central and South America. It could take him a little more than a year to make it to Brazil, Swanson said.

Those interested can follow Swanson’s journey on Twitter and Facebook and on Breakawaybrazil.com.

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