MINNEAPOLIS — The family of a Wayzata police officer who was struck and killed last week while removing debris from a highway says that he felt called to work in law enforcement.

Forty-seven-year-old William Mathews was killed Friday after he had pulled over to the side of eastbound Highway 12 and was struck by an SUV.

His wife, Shawn, and his son, Wyatt, released a statement Tuesday saying Mathews served “with the utmost dignity and pride.”

Fifty-four-year-old Beth Freeman of Mound is charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. She appeared in court Tuesday and bail was set at $500,000. A message left with her attorney after business hours wasn’t immediately returned.

Mathews’ funeral will be held Thursday in Plymouth.