Matthew was preparing for his senior year in high school – on July 22, 2011 he and his father John went to the auto parts store to pick up some things for Matthews new truck.
Matthew was killed instantly at the scene when he and his father were hit by a red light runner. Witnesses say the light had been red for 30 – 45 seconds.
His mother Jessica described Matthew as a “gentle, kind, quiet young man who loved fishing, hunting and hiking with his parents. He spent alot of time with his grandparents helping them around the house. He was always laughing and loved to joke around. He was just all around awesome kid.”