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Funeral for Wayzata officer killed on highway will be Thursday

Officer Bill Mathews was hit by a car while picking up debris on Highway 12.

The funeral for the Wayzata police officer who was killed while picking up debris from the highway will be held on Thursday. 

A public memorial service for William "Bill" Mathews is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Wayzata Free Church on Highway 101 in Plymouth, with internment at Summit Park Cemetery in Wayzata following the service, according to his obituary

A visitation will be held at the church Wednesday from 3-8 p.m.

The 47-year-old officer was picking up debris on Highway 12 in Wayzata around 12:30 p.m. Friday when he was hit by an SUV. He died at the hospital. 

The driver of the SUV – 54-year-old Beth Freeman – was charged with criminal vehicular homicide on Monday. The Star Tribune says she has numerous driving violations on her record. 

Mathews was a nine-year veteran of the Wayzata Police Department. Before coming to Wayzata, he also served with the Zumbrota Police Department and Olmsted County and Goodhue County sheriff's offices. 

In a post on Facebook, the Wayzata Police Department said Mathews was "always smiling" and was "always professional," noting his death is "excruciatingly painful" for his family and for the department. 

Mathews leaves behind a wife and a 7-year-old son. 

A memorial fund for Mathews has been set up at Wells Fargo in Wayzata. It's called the Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Fund. 

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