Motorist charged in soccer enthusiast’s death

The eyes of soccer enthusiasts from Florida and around the country were all on a man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles from Washington to South America. Unfortunately, he never made it. He was fatally killed in Oregon by a motorist. The driver believed to be responsible was recently arrested for negligent homicide in the pedestrian accident. He was in custody pending the payment of $50,000 bail.

The dribbler’s goal was to travel through 11 countries before reaching Brazil, the site of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament. The 42-year-old victim was struck as he walked on a busy highway on May 14. The Lincoln City, Oregon, police chief did not explain the events that led to the accident. The driver who was held responsible remained on site and worked with authorities.

The dribbler had been working to promote the One World Futbol Project, which gives sturdy blue soccer balls to people in third-world countries. He began his journey on May 1 and posted a video of himself on social media the day of his death. He explained that he was excited for his trip south as he traveled close to the ocean for the first time. In a previous interview with a television outlet, he said that he hoped he wouldn’t be hit during his journey. He wanted to stay on less traveled roads and keep safe.

A man has been arrested in the death of the pedestrian and now faces criminal charges. However, the family of the victim also could decide they want to file a civil lawsuit against the responsible parties. A personal injury attorney might be able to help the family pursue legal action and seek fair and just financial compensation for the man’s death.

 

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