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Man trying to dribble soccer ball to World Cup in Brazil dies after being hit by truck in Oregon
nydailynews ^ | Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 9:21 PM | By Sasha Goldstein

Posted on 05/15/2013 7:28:17 AM PDT by dennisw

Richard Swanson, 42, planned to walk from Seattle to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for next year’s tournament.

His dreams of dribbling to the World Cup were cut short.

Richard Swanson, 42, planned to walk, soccer ball at his feet, from Seattle to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to make it in time for next year’s international soccer tournament. But Swanson was mowed down by a pickup truck Tuesday morning south of Lincoln City, Ore., only two weeks and a few hundred miles into his journey.

This map from the “Breakaway Brazil” Facebook page shows the journey Swanson attempted. Upon his death, he was only two weeks and a few hundred miles in.

“It is with a heavy heart to notify you that Richard Swanson passed on this morning,” someone posted on his “Breakaway Brazil” Facebook page used to document the trek. “His team, family, friends, and loved ones will miss him and love him dearly. You made it to Brazil in our hearts, Richard. Team Richard.”

Described as an “avid runner, soccer player, and all-around lover of the Pacific Northwest,” Swanson planned to visit 11 countries during his one-year-plus trip south. Along the way, Swanson planned to dribble an “indestructible” soccer ball to promote the One World Futbol Project, a charity that donates such durable balls to people in disadvantaged communities.

The ball was found among his belongings in the crash wreckage on U.S. Highway 101.

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1 posted on 05/15/2013 7:28:17 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

Also be careful all you bicycle riders. There are much more idiots driving these days than a few decades ago. A friend of mine got hit on his bicycle by a young uninsured driver who has so little to his name no lawyer will sue him. My friend got his shoulder messed up and is getting better....slowly


2 posted on 05/15/2013 7:30:38 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

Tragic, sad, stupid and pointless all at the same time.


3 posted on 05/15/2013 7:32:29 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: dennisw

That’s why your mama always said, “Don’t play with your ball near traffic...”


4 posted on 05/15/2013 7:34:19 AM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar

Dumbass didn’t make it very far did he?


5 posted on 05/15/2013 7:38:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dennisw

I figured he would have been most in peril when he got to Mexico and El Salvador.....and not from trucks.


6 posted on 05/15/2013 7:40:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dennisw

He was going to walk 6000 miles in flip flops?


7 posted on 05/15/2013 7:40:38 AM PDT by DManA
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To: dennisw

Darwinism at its finest . . .
what an idiot, to dribble a soccer ball that far in only a year? He certainly had issues with math didn’t he?


8 posted on 05/15/2013 7:41:24 AM PDT by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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9 posted on 05/15/2013 7:44:30 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: txnativegop

I have walked along the highway where he was hit. Pedestrians have to be very careful as traffic is fast and few walk there. All along the coastal highways in the Northwest it is not safe.


10 posted on 05/15/2013 7:48:19 AM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: dennisw
The ball was found among his belongings in the crash wreckage on U.S. Highway 101.

Ahh, ok. That's important.

11 posted on 05/15/2013 7:49:29 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: angry elephant

Everywhere I have lived, walking on any freeway/highway is illegal because of the danger you described.

This man was incredibly stupid, and paid for his stupidity with his life.


12 posted on 05/15/2013 7:50:18 AM PDT by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: txnativegop

Walking, riding a bike, or even a motorcycle, along the twisty coastal highways in Oregon is never a good a idea.


13 posted on 05/15/2013 7:53:05 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: dennisw

Real-time GPS tracker of soccer player Richard Swanson, who was trying to dribble a One World Futbol from Seattle to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. He was hit by a car and killed in Lincoln City, Ore.

14 posted on 05/15/2013 7:53:29 AM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: dennisw
But Swanson was mowed down by a pickup truck Tuesday morning south of Lincoln City

We need sensitivity training to overcome increasingly vicious anti-soccer attitudes in this country ....

15 posted on 05/15/2013 7:53:59 AM PDT by mikrofon (Involving Gov't action, of course...)
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To: dennisw

Whoops.

Is this guy a candidate for a Darwin Award?


16 posted on 05/15/2013 7:55:45 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: mikrofon

The driver may have been trying to avoid an elk or deer.


17 posted on 05/15/2013 7:56:29 AM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: dennisw

Is it possible the ball got away from him and he stepped into traffic trying to retrieve it when he was hit? Focusing on the ball instead of situation awareness.

The wording is “plowed into him.” Notice little info in the story, lots of non important things.


18 posted on 05/15/2013 7:57:08 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: angry elephant

Not only that, but if he loses the ball in traffic and causes an accident...


19 posted on 05/15/2013 7:57:39 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: CMB_polarization
The driver may have been trying to avoid an elk or deer.

Can't tell if this was meant seriously, or as a joke.

Taken as a joke, it is pretty funny.

20 posted on 05/15/2013 8:14:48 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: DManA

I walked a few miles in flip-flops and the top part started chafing the top of my feet. I don’t see how he can walk thousands of miles in them


21 posted on 05/15/2013 8:18:38 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

Did the driver at least get a yellow card?


22 posted on 05/15/2013 8:19:11 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: dennisw

The mods pulled this article last night.


23 posted on 05/15/2013 8:20:02 AM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: dennisw

I’m thinking this just saved him from being murdered in Mexico/Guatamala/Honduras/Nicaragua/Colombia...


24 posted on 05/15/2013 8:22:17 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Sicon

Seriously - they are bigger, easier to spot on the road and can cause more damage. Also, avoiding logging trucks that have to drift over the centerline for any reason is common in those parts.


25 posted on 05/15/2013 8:23:33 AM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: dennisw

It was inevitable. Never have understood people who do these stunts. But, but it’s for a cause!!!


26 posted on 05/15/2013 8:23:37 AM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: Third Person
http://www.kcby.com/outdoors/Man-trying-to-dribble-soccer-ball-from-Seattle-to-Brazil-killed-on-Hwy-101-207466871.html

Here's the story from a local paper.

27 posted on 05/15/2013 8:25:31 AM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: dennisw

I thought the old “Go play in traffic” was meant as a joke - not to be taken literally.


28 posted on 05/15/2013 8:27:59 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: dennisw

He’s probably faking the injury


29 posted on 05/15/2013 8:29:48 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Jack Hammer

“Is this guy a candidate for a Darwin Award?”

He’s the winner if you ask me.


30 posted on 05/15/2013 8:31:25 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE (“I will not participate in a broken, untrustworthy system.”)
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To: Third Person

I’m not surprised

Brings out the sweet stuff here


31 posted on 05/15/2013 8:31:54 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: dennisw
This story is a joke right?

Reads like a high school newspaper, and it has the aroma of the typical internet hoax.

Not that I care anyway.....

Carryon!

32 posted on 05/15/2013 8:32:17 AM PDT by Cold Heat (Have you reached your breaking point yet? If not now....then when?)
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To: DManA; txnativegop; Just Lori; Libertina; Lexinom; horatio; freebird5850; Horatio Gates; Ramius; ...
WA Ping



Didn't you notice- he was from SEATTLE!
33 posted on 05/15/2013 8:54:13 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: dennisw

Wow, that’s tragic.. but why didn’t he take a secondary road? U.S. 101 is a damned busy highway.


34 posted on 05/15/2013 9:07:08 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: dennisw

That stretch between Panama City and the Colombian border likely would have killed him anyway. Disease or some swamp critter woulda got him.


35 posted on 05/15/2013 9:24:50 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dennisw

Sad, but incredibly stupid

I know this is cruel, but I instantly thought about that Latin American soccer announcer who screams “GOALLLLLLLL” after every point.


36 posted on 05/15/2013 9:26:30 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: dennisw

We were on a 45 mile backpack trail and came across three Canadian college students who were woefully unprepared for such a trek. Among other things, one has only a pair of flip flops instead of proper hiking boots. Within two days, he was getting aspirin from everyone he saw on the trail due to shin splints. To their credit, they completed the trail.


37 posted on 05/15/2013 10:11:21 AM PDT by cyclotic (In a society of wolves, you do not fight back by creating more sheep-Dan Bongino)
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To: dennisw

I’m a cyclist. Good advice.


38 posted on 05/15/2013 10:47:31 AM PDT by Lexinom
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To: dennisw
Some important details here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/15/american-dies-dribble-soccer-brazil

Lieutenant Jerry Palmer said investigators found materials among Swanson's possessions listing his website, breakawaybrazil.com
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Police said Palmer's soccer ball was recovered.

The Grauniad at its finest, getting those details right...

39 posted on 05/15/2013 12:30:51 PM PDT by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: PeterPrinciple

If only he’d been dribbling a basketball, he might still be with us.


40 posted on 05/15/2013 2:35:07 PM PDT by Argus
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To: bgill
Never have understood people who do these stunts. But, but it’s for a cause!!!

I don't quiet get how he could afford to take a year off work to try walking 6,000 miles in a year, unless he was independently wealthy.

If I were independently wealthy, I'd find something better and safer to do with my time.

41 posted on 05/15/2013 2:37:34 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Graybeard58
Swanson was a private investigator for years, and then a graphic designer. A father of two grown sons, he got laid off from his job last year and was looking for an adventure.

Maybe the big adventure was seeing how far he could make his money go.

42 posted on 05/15/2013 2:45:14 PM PDT by x
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To: apillar

Never dribble on 101 in Oregon...


43 posted on 05/15/2013 2:47:02 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: palmer

walking all that way in jap flaps???...I don’t think so, Tim!


44 posted on 05/15/2013 2:49:25 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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