Three US Girl Scouts killed 'by intoxicated driver' in hit-and-run

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This photo provided by the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin shows Colten Treu, who is accused of striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a parent and critically injuring a fourth girl near Chippewa Falls, Wis., Nov. 3, 2018.

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.

The black Ford F150 that Treu was driving struck multiple people in the ditch.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department in a statement posted to Facebook Saturday evening called it a "truly horrific incident" and extended its condolences to the victims and their families. Ten-year-old Haylee Hickle and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, from the Town of Lafayette, were also killed.

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


An adult woman was also killed in the crash, which occurred around 11:41 a.m. on County Highway P in Lake Hallie, a village northeast of Eau Claire.

He is being held in the Chippewa County jail on 13 criminal charges. "Girl Scouts everywhere stand with your during this hard time".

Police say the fourth-graders and a mother were collecting trash in Lake Hallie Saturday morning when they were struck by the truck.

Treu was arrested on four counts of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle, five counts of hit and run and four counts of homicide while intoxicated (use of inhalants), police said.

But Cecily Spallees, a personal care attendant at a group home near the crash site, told the newspaper that drivers regularly speed on that stretch of road, which quickly changes from a 55-mph to a 35-mph zone. He says Treu does not yet have an attorney. Girl Scouts sang songs in memory of the victims, who were members of Troop 3055.


Authorities are set to release the names of the girls and the woman who died on Monday.

According to Lake Hallie Police, the driver fled the scene, but turned himself in later Saturday.

Police say they were hit over the weekend when the pickup veered off a rural highway in Lake Hallie as they collected trash along a rural highway and then sped away.

Chippewa Falls school district officials said Treu had attended the same school district as the victims. Sokup says he will be charged with four homicide counts.


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