Woman on phone before crash that killed officer

Published 10:00 pm Monday, September 11, 2017

WAYZATA — Prosecutors have charged an unlicensed driver who struck and killed a Wayzata police officer who was trying to remove debris from a highway last week.

Fifty-four-year-old Beth Freeman of Mound was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. Freeman is due in court today.

Authorities allege Freeman was under the influence of drugs and using her cellphone moments before the crash that killed Officer William Mathews on Friday. The 47-year-old Mathews had pulled over to the side of eastbound Highway 12 to remove a chunk of metal when he was struck by an SUV.

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A spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety said Freeman’s license had been canceled because of her poor driving record.

Mathews’ funeral will be on Thursday in Plymouth.