On May 1, Seattle resident Richard Swanson set off on a journey. His plan: Dribble a soccer ball from Oregon alllllll the way to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup while making stops in 11 different countries along the way. His trip was intended to help promote an organization called One World Futbol Project that donates soccer balls to those who live in developing countries.
"It will be a trip of a lifetime where I will push myself further than I ever thought possible," he wrote on his website shortly before leaving Seattle.
Unfortunately, Swanson's trip got cut short yesterday. Very short. As he made his way down U.S. Highway 101 in Lincoln City, Ore. early yesterday morning, Swanson was hit by a pickup truck and died a short time later at a local hospital. He was just 42.
How sad is that?
[via USA Today]