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

(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.

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Jun 19, 2013 8:49 AM CDT
His soul is in Rio de Janeiro's City of God.
Jun 18, 2013 11:30 AM CDT
If you look at states that have vehicle seizure laws, they have way less incidents of auto-ped deaths. You seize the vehicle anytime someone is caught DUI, uninsured, or unlicensed. You sell the vehicle at surplus auctions even if it has a lien. You have to do that to keep the lien holder from just giving the car back to the perp. Then the bank is forced to sue to purchaser. It works much better that way and slows down people's ability to even get a vehicle. That's because no matter how friendly the "no ask, no tell" auto dealers are with their "We loan to anybody", they do a basic background check to make sure they aren't loaning to someone with a history of loosing cars at their expense. Your credit is worthless to them but your past is.
Jun 18, 2013 10:27 AM CDT
"has been busted" ************************************************ Please, Newser, leave the gutter slang to the dumb kids.