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Man dribbling from Seattle to Brazil struck and killed

Oklahoma residents may have heard that man who was planning to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles from Seattle to Brazil was fatally injured when he was struck by a vehicle in Oregon. The man was hit by a pickup truck from behind as he was walking south on US 101, a busy coastal highway. The driver of the vehicle has been arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide. The driver, who has been cooperative with authorities throughout the investigation, was indicted in mid-June by a Lincoln County, Oregon grand jury.

The deceased man, who began his journey in Seattle in early May, planned to dribble the soccer ball through eleven countries on his way to Sao Paulo, Brazil, before the beginning of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament. He was making the trek in part to promote a charitable organization that provides soccer balls to people in developing countries.

On the day of the accident, the man posted a Facebook video of himself dribbling the ball on the beach. On the video, he shared his excitement about the time he would spend travelling along the ocean. In an earlier interview with a Seattle television station, he had expressed his intent to travel along US 101 and said that he would utilize trails when they were available in order to avoid some of the heavy traffic along that route.

Pedestrians, joggers and cyclists are faced with serious dangers when traveling on public streets, highways and roadways. Negligent drivers are responsible for numerous severe injuries and deaths along Oklahoma's roadways annually. Pedestrian accidents occur for a variety of reasons, including distracted, reckless or negligent driving practices. Persons injured in pedestrian or cycling accidents and their families may wish to seek legal remedies through both the criminal and civil court systems with the help of an experienced lawyer.

Source: ESPN FC, "Driver arrested in dribler's death", Associated press, June 18, 2013

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