Jesse Kozechen and his beloved golden retriever Shurastey have tragically passed away.
29-year-old Brazilian influencer “Jesse Kozechen” and his dog were killed in a car accident a few days before their arrival during a five-year trip from Brazil to Alaska.
Kozechen died on Highway 199 outside Salem, Oregon at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. He was driving a Volkswagen Beetle and trying to overtake a line of vehicles that had slowed down due to impending chaos. However, he got stuck in an oncoming vehicle and collided with another vehicle and died.
According to Oregon State Police, Kozechen’s personal Shurasti was also killed. The driver of the other vehicle, Eileen Huss, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital. A two-year-old child was also in the car, but he was not injured. The accident closed the highway for over two hours.
Another driver of the vehicle was injured and taken to a nearby hospital.
“There is no happiness without freedom… I’m out of the old prison of life where other people make decisions for me so I can have the freedom to choose what I want!” ~ Jesse Kozechen ~ Died Monday after traveling 17,000 miles. #freedom #jessikoz #Happiness pic.twitter.com/vhXnThwlQZ
— KrisinMontana🌻 (@KrisinMontana) May 26, 2022
Who is Jesse Kozechen?
Jesse Kozechen has traveled 52,000 miles in 17 countries and 52,000 miles since she started traveling in 2017. The trip was due to end in Alaska, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were also unable to drive across the US-Mexico border due to cross-border restrictions.
Jesse has been documenting her and Shurasti’s Beetle trip from Brazil to Alaska on Instagram since September 2017.
Jesse’s last post went to Shurastey’s Instagram account from the weekend, revealing that he was camping in Oregon again to cross over to Canada before arriving in Alaska.
Kozechen used to post pictures of her expedition on Instagram. Shurasti or Shuraigou? It was created on Instagram to document their travels. It’s a play about his dog’s name and The Clash’s song Should I Stay or Should I Go.
Shurastey’s most recent post 4 days ago shows a puppy standing near a beetle converted into a tent. Kozechen sat on the lawn chair just outside the passenger door. According to Google Translate, he said in the caption that this was one of the last campgrounds in the US before heading to Canada and “finally” to Alaska.
Details about Jesse’s early life, career, academic background and personal life are not yet known.