Hundreds attended a funeral Friday for Mathews, a Bradenton police officer who died Aug. 11 in a motorcycle accident while on vacation with his wife, Lisa, at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
Lisa Mathews saved for a year to surprise her husband with a vacation to celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary and his 40th birthday.
The couple rented a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and were riding near Sturgis when another motorcycle turned in front of them. Mathews was unable to avoid the collision and died at the scene. Lisa Mathews had minor injuries.