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Wisconsin Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in hit-and-run crash

Wisconsin Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in hit-and-run crash

Treu veered across lanes and off a straight road into a ditch where his black Ford pick-up truck struck four girls and Schneider.

Investigators said the Girl Scouts, mostly fourth graders and parent volunteers, were cleaning trash along a county road when the pickup Treu was driving veered into the ditch, hitting several of them before driving off.

- Authorities say the driver accused in a deadly hit-and-run crash with a Girl Scout troop that was picking up trash on the side of the road near Eau Claire, Wisconsin Saturday was allegedly "huffing" chemicals prior to the crash.

The driver, identified as Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls, fled the scene but later turned himself in, police said.

Two small groups of Girl Scouts and their adult chaperones wore bright green safety vests Saturday as they walked along both sides of County Highway P, which they had adopted as a community service project.

He's facing 13 charges, including four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

"The area is not an unsafe area", he added.

Police say that after Treu hit the group of Scouts, he sped off, fleeing the scene in his pickup truck.

A fifth Girl Scout, a 10-year-old girl, remains hospitalized, but is in stable condition, according to police.




"Our hearts are broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes", CEO Sylvia Acevedo of Girl Scouts of the U.S. said in a statement Sunday.

The grandmother of one of three Girl Scouts killed in a Wisconsin hit-and-run crash says the child dreamed of being an animator and shared a love of crafts with her mom, who also died in the accident. "Girl Scouts everywhere stand with you during this hard time".

"I have one son here that's in Scouts and he's wearing his Scout uniform to help represent the scouting community", Schafer said.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, fellow students, fellow scouts and everyone else impacted by this", the Chippewa Falls Police Department said.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos spoke during Sunday's news conference.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that teddy bears, balloons and candles sat on two wooden benches in front of Halmstad Elementary on Sunday afternoon.

Pastor Jim Woldhuis says the mother and daughter who died attended Chippewa Valley Bible Church, where he presides.

'The Girl Scout Movement everywhere stands with our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this bad tragedy'.

She said the names of the victims are expected to be released Monday by the Village of Lake Hallie Police Department. Other members of the troop were picking up trash from the opposite shoulder. Sokup says he will be charged with four homicide counts.

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