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Man arrested following death of soccer dribbler

New Jersey readers might be interested in a recent development in the death of a Seattle man. He had just set off on a quest to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil in time for the World Cup. Instead, he became the victim of a pedestrian accident. The driver of the pickup truck that hit the man was arrested on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

The Seattle soccer fan had planned on dribbling the ball for more than a year. He would have passed through 11 countries on his trip before reaching his final destination, Sao Paulo, Brazil, where The World Cup soccer tournament will be played on June 12, 2013.

His plans were cut short when he was struck from behind by a pickup truck along U.S. 101. According to police, the driver of the truck stayed at the scene and has since cooperated with the investigation. During the week of June 11, he was indicted by a Lincoln County, Oregon grand jury. He has been jailed on $50,000 bail pending an upcoming arraignment, according to the Lincoln County District Attorney.

Police declined to reveal much about the circumstances of this accident, only that they do not believe the man was dribbling his soccer ball at the time the accident occurred. However, the charge of criminally negligent homicide implies that the driver may be at fault. If the driver was negligent, the family of the man who was killed might be entitled to seek compensation for his death. In cases where there has been gross negligence, a family and their lawyer may decide to seek punitive damages. Awards are typically calculated to compensate for medical bills and other expenses.

Source: ESPN FC, "Driver arrested in dribbler's death", June 18, 2013

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