New trial set for driver who killed soccer walker

New trial set for driver who killed soccer walker

New trial set for driver who killed soccer walker

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by KGW.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 5:30 PM

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – A new trial date has been set for a driver who struck and killed a man dribbling a soccer ball along Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast. 

Scott Von Hiatt, 52, will go on trial for a second time on July 8.

In January, a Lincoln County judge declared a mistrial due to a hung jury in the case.

On May 14, 2013 Hiatt hit and killed 42-year-old Richard Swanson (pictured top) while he was on the first leg of a journey from Seattle to Brazil to raise awareness for the One World Futbol charity.

More: Man killed dribbling soccer ball to Brazil

Hiatt stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators and was eventually free to go. On June 17, however, Lincoln City police arrested him for criminally negligent homicide.

Background: Driver arrested in death of soccer ball dribbler on Oregon Coast

Swanson embarked on his journey on May 1 from Seattle’s Space Needle and hoped to make it to Sao Paulo in time for the 2014 World Cup.

Swanson stayed two nights in Vancouver, Wash. before heading toward the coast. He spent a night in Lincoln City before he set off down the highway for Newport.

The afternoon Swanson was killed, he posted a video on YouTube of himself walking along the beach.

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