Washington, D.C. residents may be saddened to hear that a man who had been attempting to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil, a journey of approximately 10,000 miles, has been killed in a pedestrian accident. The driver has been taken into police custody and has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.
The victim had planned on dribbling the soccer ball across 11 countries until reaching Brazil for the opener of the World Cup soccer tournament next year. He was also helping to promote the One World Futbol Project, which donates blue balls to developing countries worldwide. During one interview, he had joked that he hoped he would not be run over. He had also stated that he was looking forward to following the road next to the ocean.
The man was hit when a pickup truck struck him from the back. The driver reportedly remained at the scene after the accident and has allegedly cooperated with police during the investigation. He currently remains in jail on $50,000 bail while awaiting arraignment. The authorities have stated that they do not believe the victim was dribbling the ball when the accident occurred. No other information regarding the fatal accident is available at this time.
While the events of this accident are still unclear, pedestrians that are injured due to the negligence of motor vehicle drivers are often entitled to compensation to help pay for medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. Families of individuals that are killed in auto pedestrian accidents may also be entitled to these benefits. An experienced Washington, D.C. attorney may be able to help their clients by working directly with the insurance companies to ensure that they receive the total compensation that they are entitled to.
Source: ESPN FC, “Driver arrested in dribbler’s death,” June 18, 2013