December 24, 2017 05:23 PM
The owner of a North Branch powersports dealership helped make a tough Christmas a little brighter for the family of Wayzata police officer Bill Mathews.
Mathews was struck and killed on U.S. Hwy. 12 as he was picking debris off the road on Sept. 8. The driver of the car that hit him, Beth Freeman, has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of driving after cancellation of her driver's license.
But Sunday, on Christmas Eve morning, Mac Johnston, the owner of East Central Sports, surprised Mathews' 7-year-old son Wyatt with a new blue four-wheeler.
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It marks the second straight year Johnston, who also owns a store in Burnsville, has helped make Christmas wishes come true by donating machines to families going through tough times.
Sunday, he was delivering machines to four kids in three different families. He was planning stops in both Blaine and Hinckley after his visit to the Mathews' home Sunday morning.
"Dave, my sales guy, came up with this idea of doing deliveries for families in need for Christmas," Johnston said. "Last year was the first year we did it. We did one family with four kids.
"This year, we have four machines we're bringing out."
One of those was a new four-wheeler for Wyatt, who was surprised by the delivery in his driveway. Johnston also came bearing a gift for Mathews' wife Shawn who thanked everyone for the gesture.
"This went better than I thought," Johnston said. "I didn't expect to keep my composure as well as I did. I thought I'd lose it. But it was worth it to see the look on (Wyatt's) face."
Updated: December 24, 2017 05:23 PM
Created: December 24, 2017 03:35 PM
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