Driver Busted in Soccer Trekker's Tragic Death

Suspect has long history of infractions

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 18, 2013 1:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – A man with a long history of driving offenses has been busted in the death of a Seattle man killed just two weeks into his US-Brazil soccer trek. Scott Van Hiatt has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of Richard Swanson, who was struck and killed by a pickup truck while walking along US 101 in Oregon last month, the Oregonian reports.

Van Hiatt's rap sheet includes convictions for speeding, driving uninsured, lying to police, and even driving on the wrong side of the road, court records show. Swanson, 42, had planned to dribble a soccer ball all the way to the 2014 World Cup to promote the charity One World Futbol. "His truly inspiring and spontaneous work to highlight the One World Futbol Project was deeply appreciated by all of us," singer Sting said after his death.

Richard Swanson had planned to dribble that ball all the way from Seattle to Brazil.
Richard Swanson had planned to dribble that ball all the way from Seattle to Brazil.   (Breakaway Brazil)
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