Tillamook County resident Scott Hiatt was expected to be convicted or acquitted by now in the case of the death of a Seattle area soccer player walking to Brazil who was hit and killed by Hiatt’s pickup. But despite a couple of attempts at reaching a verdict, the jury was stumped. They couldn’t get the votes one way or the other. In short, a hung jury – which usually means a new trial.
A hearing in the courtroom of Judge Sheryl Bachart to determine what’s next will be held on February 18th, at 9:30am, Courtroom 300 at the Lincoln County Courthouse.
Hiatt was south bound on 101 approaching the Pro Build section of highway south of Cutler City when he came up on soccer fan Richard Swanson walking on the side of the road. During court testimony two witnesses said they saw Swanson on the outside of the fog line. Investigators testified that scuff marks made by swanson’s sandals were clearly made at the point of impact outside the fog line. For that Hiatt was charged with criminally negligent homicide.
Swanson was pronounced deceased at North Lincoln Hospital a short time later. He was on a charity fundraiser soccer walk from Seattle to southern Brazil, the various sites and stadiums of the 2014 World Cup Games.