By Lauren Gambino Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. — The driver who police say fatally hit a man attempting to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles from Seattle to Brazil for the World Cup has been arrested.
Scott Van Hiatt of Neskowin was arrested Monday on a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of Richard Swanson.
The Seattle man planned to walk 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 next year.
Swanson was struck from behind by a pickup while walking south along Oregon’s busy U.S. 101 near Lincoln City on May 14.
Hiatt was indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury last Thursday. He is being held in Lincoln County Jail on $50,000 bail.