MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former Vikings player tweeted out the aftermath of a crash that killed a Wayzata police officer last week.
The driver accused of killing the officer will make her first appearance in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Beth Freeman, 54, of Mound, slammed into Officer William Mathews as he removed a chunk of metal debris from Highway 12 Friday afternoon.
Witnesses stopped to help, but couldn’t save the 47-year-old husband and father.
Police say Freeman had a canceled license.
According to criminal charges, she admitted to talking on her phone and reading text messages right before the crash. Freeman also failed a field sobriety test.
Officers say they found drug paraphernalia with cocaine on it in her car.
Late last week, Tyrone Carter — former NFL player who went to the University of Minnesota and also played on the Vikings for a few years — sent a tweet out in the aftermath of the crash. The video shows a distraught Freeman being comforted, and also includes a glimpse of the officer’s body lying in the road.
WARNING: Video contains graphic material.
Here is a transcript of the video clip:
Off-Camera Male Voice: It’s OK, it’s OK.
Freeman: It’s not OK.
Male: I know, but you can’t make yourself crazy right now, you gotta make sure you’re OK.
Freeman: Oh my God.
Male: You gotta relax, you gotta relax.
Freeman: OK, OK.
Male: Is this your car?
Male: Did he stop somebody else?
Freeman: No, he had stopped and he was in the middle of the street. All of a sudden I looked up and he was right there. Oh my god, I’m going to jail.
Male: You gotta relax, you gotta relax ma’am.
Freeman: I can’t go to jail.
Male: You just got to sit down and relax. Don’t go in the road, don’t go in the road. You just gotta sit down and relax.
God always puts me in certain places to comfort a life in need💯✔️💪🏿🙌🏿✊🏿🙏🏾God I thx you please put ur hands on both lives 🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/1d3pvkVt1G
— Tyrone Carter (@TyroneCarter954) September 8, 2017
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