Friday, 16 November, 2018

Wisconsin Community Mourns Deaths of 3 Girl Scouts, 1 Parent

3 Girl Scouts, 1 Woman Killed in Wisconsin Hit-and-Run Colten Treu: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Glenn Montgomery | 05 November, 2018, 23:04

Colten Treu is the driver of a pick-up truck that struck and killed three girl scouts and a woman who was supervising the girls as they picked up trash along a country road in Chippewa County, Wisconsin.

The Ford F-150 was traveling northbound when it crossed over a lane of traffic and into the ditch, where it struck the group, Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup said.

Authorities say a 21-year-old man driving the pickup later surrendered.

Sokup said Treu will be charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle.

Teddy bears, flowers, and candles were placed on benches outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wis.as a memorial to the three Girl Scouts who were struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene, November 4, 2018.

New information Monday morning, we now know the names of the Girl Scout troop members and a mother killed in a hit-and-run crash in Lake Hallie, Wis., on Saturday.

The victims were struck Saturday morning while picking up trash along a rural road in Lake Hallie, 90 miles east of Minneapolis and just south of Chippewa Falls, where the girls were fourth-graders at Halmstad and Southview elementary schools.

Lake Hallie police said Monday Treu and a passenger in the pickup truck both told investigators they had intentionally been inhaling chemical vapours just prior to the crash.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY - Authorities in Chippewa County are looking for the driver of a pickup truck that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run that has resulted in the deaths of at least two children and one adult. The two-ton pickup slammed into the Scouts, visiting tragedy on the town of 14,000 before speeding off.

Officials say two area Girl Scouts and one adult are dead.

Sherri Jasper, a Girl Scout board member and counselor at Halmstad Elementary School, leads the program for a candlelight vigil at the school in Chippewa Falls, Wis., on Sunday evening.

The head of Girl Scouts of the U.S. says "our hearts are broken" after three Girl Scouts and an adult were struck and killed in what authorities say was a hit-and-run crash along a rural Wisconsin highway. Sergeant Dan Sokup says one victim was air lifted to the hospital and one victim was taken by ambulance.

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District spokeswoman Michelle Golden said the district was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and "hearts and prayers are with the girls and their families", WEAU reported. An investigation and search for the vehicle is underway.

A Girl Scout troop of seven girls and five adult volunteers were participating in a highway cleanup project on County Road P. They were all wearing, highly-visible safety vests, according to the Lake Hallie Police Department.

We'll have updates on the incident as information comes in.

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