Soccer fan killed during Brazil trek posted video before dying


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Richard Swanson, pictured here in a posting to Facebook, was killed on May 14, 2013 on U.S. Highway 101 in Oregon during a planned 10,000-mile trek from Washington state to Brazil. (Facebook)
Richard Swanson, pictured here in a posting to Facebook, was killed on May 14, 2013 on U.S. Highway 101 in Oregon during a planned 10,000-mile trek from Washington state to Brazil. (Facebook)
Updated: 5/15/2013 2:24 pm Published: 5/15/2013 2:20 pm


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who was killed while attempting to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil made a video showing him smiling and appearing happy on an Oregon beach, shortly before his death.

Richard Swanson posted the video to Facebook on Tuesday, just an hour before he was hit by a pickup truck and killed on Oregon's busy Highway 101.

Swanson started the 10,000-mile trek on May 1.

Tuesday morning, he posted a video on his Facebook page showing him walking along the beach, kicking a soccer ball.

Swanson planned to walk for more than a year through 11 countries before reaching Sao Paolo, Brazil, in time for the World Cup soccer tournament, which will be played in summer 2014.

He said in a video on his website that it was his dream to watch the World Cup.

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