Driver arrested in death of soccer ball dribbler

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Police in Oregon say they have arrested the driver they say fatally struck a man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles from Seattle to Brazil for the World Cup.

Scott Van Hiatt, of Neskowin, was arrested Monday on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

Richard Swanson, of Seattle, planned to dribble the ball for more than a year through 11 countries before reaching Sao Paolo, Brazil, where the opener of the World Cup soccer tournament will be played on June 12, 2014.

He was struck from behind by a pickup while walking south along busy U.S. 101 near Lincoln City on May 14.

Hiatt was indicted by a Lincoln County grand jury last week. He is jailed on $50,000 bail.

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