Richard Swanson, 42, 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 truck on the Oregon coast.
Police in Lincoln City said Mr. Swanson was hit Tuesday while walking along U.S. Highway 101. The driver has not been charged.
He had set out from Seattle on May 1 to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates soccer balls to people in developing countries.
"It will be a trip of a lifetime where I will push myself further than I ever thought possible," he had written on his website.
A last video, posted on Facebook an hour before he was fatally hit, shows Mr. Swanson smiling and happy on an Oregon beach.
Kristi Schwesinger, a close friend, said he had been a private investigator for many years and switched to a new career as a graphic designer but was laid off recently and looking for an adventure.
"He was at a point in his life where he had raised his kids," she said. "He had no mortgage. He had sold his condo recently and was between jobs." - AP