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Brazilian influencer’s dream drive in 1978 Beetle to Alaska cut short in deadly car crash in Oregon

A 29-year-previous influencer who was residing his dream of touring from his home place of Brazil, by way of the Americas to arrive at Alaska, has died just two days from his place.  

Jesse Koz has traveled 52,000 miles and 17 nations in his 1978 Volkswagen Beetle with his pet Golden Retriever Shurastey since he started his excursion in 2017.

But on Monday, Koz and his pet had been killed in a head-on crash with a Ford Escape on US Freeway 199 around Selma, Oregon. Koz and his canine had been pronounced lifeless at the scene.

The driver of the Ford Escape, Eileen Huss, 62, was taken to a medical center for cure to her injuries. A two-12 months-old boy or girl who was in her car was uninjured.

Brazilian influencer Jesse Koz and his Golden Retriever Shurastey experienced been joined at the hip for six yrs right before they were being equally killed in a crash this week

Brazilian influencer Jesse Koz and his pet Golden Retriever Shurastey were killed Monday in Oregon when he collided with a vehicle head-on. Koz was just two days away from reaching his dream destination of Alaska, a trip that had been cut short in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic

Brazilian influencer Jesse Koz and his pet Golden Retriever Shurastey have been killed Monday in Oregon when he collided with a auto head-on. Koz was just two days absent from reaching his aspiration destination of Alaska, a excursion that experienced been minimize small in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic

Jesse Koz, a 29-year-old influencer from Brazil, and his pet dog had visited 17 countries since 2017

Jesse Koz, a 29-yr-old influencer from Brazil, and his pet dog had frequented 17 countries since 2017 

On Saturday, Koz shared a photo of his camp site in Oregon as he and his pet Golden Retriever were getting ready to get back on the road and drive to Alaska

On Saturday, Koz shared a photo of his camp web page in Oregon as he and his pet Golden Retriever had been receiving all set to get again on the road and travel to Alaska

Jesse Koz returned to Queretaro, Mexico, to pick up his 1978 Volkswagen Beetle in January and restart his journey to Alaska

Jesse Koz returned to Queretaro, Mexico, to pick up his 1978 Volkswagen Beetle in January and restart his journey to Alaska

Koz has been on the street because 2017, but his vacation to Alaska was slowed down in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, which prohibited him from driving throughout the Mexico-United States border and pressured him to return to Brazil.

He launched named the journey ‘Shurastey or Shuaigow’, a playful blend of his dog’s title, with The Clash’s smash strike track, Should really I Continue to be or Should really I Go. 

He resumed his considerably-awaited journey in January, getting back again to Mexico where by he reunited with Volkswagen Beetle, which he playfully named ‘Dodongo.’

‘We still left Mexico in September 2020 with the idea of ​​staying only four months in Brazil with the hope that the Mexico-US border would open up once more,’ Koz described. ‘But the months went by, and no news that this would happen, month soon after month immediately after month (of) expectation was decreasing and the aspiration of completing the push with the Beetle was (slipping absent).’

Koz crossed from the northeastern Mexican point out of Nuevo León to Texas on February 9 and later on frequented the NASA Area Center in Houston prior to heading for Louisiana. 

Koz decided to name his journey to Alaska, 'Shurastey or Shuaigow', a playful combination of his dog's name, with The Clash's hit song, Should I Stay or Should I Go

Koz made the decision to name his journey to Alaska, ‘Shurastey or Shuaigow’, a playful mix of his dog’s title, with The Clash’s strike music, Should really I Continue to be or Need to I Go

Brazilian Jesse Koz, known for traveling the world with his old Beetle, died in a traffic accident in the state of Oregon. He and his pet are pictured above during a stop in Arizona in late  April

Brazilian Jesse Koz, regarded for traveling the entire world with his previous Beetle, died in a targeted traffic accident in the point out of Oregon. He and his pet are pictured previously mentioned through a stop in Arizona in late  April

With the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance in San Francisco, Jesse Koz expressed the 'freedom' he felt of traveling the world. 'There is no happiness without freedom, and I always paid a lot to be free in this project,' he wrote. 'I came out of a prison that was my old life where others made the decisions for me so I could have the freedom to choose what I wanted!'

With the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance in San Francisco, Jesse Koz expressed the ‘freedom’ he felt of traveling the earth. ‘There is no joy with out freedom, and I constantly compensated a good deal to be free of charge in this task,’ he wrote. ‘I arrived out of a prison that was my aged daily life where other folks built the selections for me so I could have the liberty to opt for what I wanted!’

Jesse Koz's 1978 Volkswagen Beetle was wrecked following the head-on collision with the Ford Escape

Jesse Koz’s 1978 Volkswagen Beetle was wrecked next the head-on collision with the Ford Escape

He paused on the early morning of February 10 and watched the sunset with Shurastey, his very best close friend of six many years, reliving the moments that they shared and the upcoming that awaited them. 

‘I instructed him how critical he was to me, and that I would not have created it this significantly with out his organization. He just smiled with his tongue hanging out and breathed not my face ,’ he wrote. ‘I just needed to appreciate a sunset in the enterprise of my pal, I know we still have numerous a lot more to come and as significantly as it is dependent on me we will always be together until the sunlight sets a single very last time.’

The road excursion took them by means of Mississippi just before they built it to Florida, the place he fulfilled his childhood idol, Brazilian Components 1 driver Rubens  Barrichello.

In April, Koz’s push up the East Coast bundled stops in Washington, where by he posed in front of the Capitol, and a drive by way of Instances Sq. in New York Town. He headed north for a visit to Niagara Falls, the place he got ‘surprised by a snowstorm.’

Jesse Koz and his Golden Retriever take a break from their journey through Florida in March

Jesse Koz and his Golden Retriever just take a crack from their journey as a result of Florida in March

Koz, Shurastey and Dodongo then headed west, crossing as a result of Illinois, Missourui Kansas, and Arizona, where they camped out in the vicinity of the Grand Canyon, right before continuing on to California.

With the Golden Gate Bridge in the length, Koz expressed the ‘freedom’ he felt of traveling the world. 

‘There is no contentment with out liberty, and I constantly compensated a ton to be no cost in this challenge,’ he wrote. ‘I came out of a jail that was my outdated lifetime where other individuals created the choices for me so I could have the liberty to choose what I wished!’

On Saturday, Koz shared a photograph of his aged but dependable Beetle parked in the center of a camp web site in Grants Pass with his sleeping tent perched atop the vehicle and explained frigid ailments he and Shurastey dealt with as they well prepared to get back again on the street and head in the direction of Alaska.

‘Hey my pals it can be time to enter Canada and ultimately head to Alaska,’ he wrote in Portuguese.

‘It has presently begun to get cold at the camp from yesterday to right now and from now on it will colder and colder. But the superior point about the tent is that it withstands destructive temperatures perfectly and retains the interior pretty heat and it also has a ventilation process that aids (maintain out the sizzling air).’

Brazilian influencer Jesse Koz and his dog pose for picture in Arizona as they returned to the West Coast to continue their trip to Alaska

Brazilian influencer Jesse Koz and his pet pose for image in Arizona as they returned to the West Coastline to proceed their journey to Alaska

One of Kuz's first stops after crossing from Mexico to the United States was the NASA Space Center in Houston

1 of Kuz’s 1st stops soon after crossing from Mexico to the United States was the NASA Place Heart in Houston