PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – It’s agony all over again for a Pender County family.
Four years ago, 26-year-old Aaron Mathis died after a pickup truck hit and killed him on his moped in Wilmington.
“They both just loved to ride their motorcycles,” said Faye Decatur, Aaron Mathis’ grandmother.
In a tragic twist, Aaron’s father, 50-year-old Lindsey Mathis, was also hit by a pickup truck while riding his motorcycle Saturday on U.S. Route 117 and 210 in Rocky Point.
“I thought losing Aaron was hard enough because he was my first grandson, but now to lose my son is even harder,” said Decatur, Lindsey Mathis’ mother.
According to a sergeant with the State Highway Patrol, Lindsey Mathis was driving his motorcycle southbound on U.S.-117 when he was hit by a pickup truck.
The sergeant said the driver of the pickup truck was heading northbound on U.S.-117 and hit Lindsey when he attempted to make a left turn.
Lindsey, a well-known DJ and singer in southeastern North Carolina known as DJ Big Daddy, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He was a jack of all trades, but most importantly, he loved people,” Decatur said. “He had a huge heart for always wanting to help others and he is going to be missed so much.”
Just a few weeks ago, Mathis eerily told his mother that if he were to die, he knew how he wanted to be called home.
“He said this many times to me and his daughter – when the Lord got ready to call him home, he hoped that it was instant,” she said. “Now, I was not ready to give him up, but I am thankful the Lord made it instant for him. That is a blessing.”
Decatur said a 15-year-old was driving the truck with his grandmother in the vehicle. His name has not yet been released as he is underage. Charges could follow.
“My heart goes out to the young man that hit Lindsey. I feel for him,” Decatur said. “This will be a life changing event for this young man. I am praying for him and his family.”
A viewing for Lindsey Mathis will take place Friday at Andrews Mortuary in Hampstead from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Scotts Hill Baptist Church.
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