Former Gopher and Viking Witnessed Crash that Killed Wayzata Officer

September 13, 2017 02:20 PM

A former Minnesota Gophers standout and NFL veteran was one of the witnesses to the fatal crash that killed a Wayzata police officer Friday.

Tyrone Carter, an All-American defensive back for the Gophers who played for the Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and Washington Redskins in an 11-season pro career, tweeted video of the aftermath at the scene when officer Bill Mathews was struck by a vehicle driven by 54-year-old Beth Freeman after he had stopped to remove debris on Highway 12.


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"You see the car, you see the windshield bashed in, I'm like, 'wow,'" Carter told KSTP. "When we first got there he wasn't alert, so they started pumping on him, started to get a pulse and you can see him move a little bit. To see that happen to him -- it was tough man, it was tough to digest."

Carter said he spoke to Freeman moments after the Crash.

"Soon as I get to her and start talking to her, she just gave me a hug," Carter said. "She was like, 'Oh my God, I can't believe it. I don't know what was he doing in the road -- all of a sudden he's right there.'

"How precious life is. One day you're here, the next day your gone."

Freeman was charged Monday with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of driving after cancellation of her driver's license.

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In the video Carter tweeted Saturday, which contains graphic footage, Freeman appears deeply distraught in the incident's aftermath.

She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

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According to the criminal complaint, a witness said Freeman, 54, was outside her vehicle and allegedly repeating "What have I done?" That witness reportedly told authorities a front tire of Freeman's Nissan Murano was still resting on Mathews, and he told her to get back in her vehicle and back up.

Another witness allegedly said Mathews was walking back to his squad car when he was hit. While another witness said she was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 12 in the far right lane when she observed the emergency lights on Mathews' squad car.

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She said she slowed her speed and moved into the center lane. She then reportedly said she became aware of the Nissan Murano in the right lane passing her, and she estimated the Murano was traveling around 65 miles per hour when it struck Mathews.

The complaint also states Freeman has prior convictions for driving while intoxicated and narcotics-related offenses.

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