Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Driver 'huffing' before fatal hit-and-run with Girl Scout troop, officials say

3 Girl Scouts, 1 Woman Killed in Wisconsin Hit-and-Run Colten Treu: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Gerardo Duncan | 05 November, 2018, 23:08

On Sunday, hundreds of community members gathered outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls.

A relative of a girl who was not hurt in the crash said the children were fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, 180 miles west of Green Bay. The two children were Girl Scouts from the area and local media is reporting that two other children were injured. Families did the same at Southview Elementary School, the other school the girls attended, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

But by Saturday evening, the 21-year-old turned himself in to the authorities.

Three girls and a woman were killed Saturday morning when a truck driven by a Wisconsin man struck them as their Girl Scout troop was picking up trash along a roadway.

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos spoke during Sunday's news conference. They also were on site Sunday.

The victims were picking up trash in the ditches of County Highway P when they were struck Saturday about 11:30 a.m. Police have arrested 21-year-old Colten Treu, of Chippewa Falls.

The 21-year-old driver, Colten Treu of Chippewa Falls, later surrendered.

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

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

"The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved", police said in a statement.

Two other scouts were injured in the crash - one was airlifted to a hospital and is in critical condition. He is being held on 13 possible charges: four counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, four counts of hit-and-run involving death and one count hit-and-run involving great bodily harm.

In a statement, the Girl Scouts of America said, "Our hearts are with our Girl Scout sisters in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin".

Authorities have identified the three Girl Scouts and a parent killed after they were struck by a pickup truck along a rural Wisconsin highway.

Sergeant Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department said a black Ford F-150 pickup truck veered off the road and careened into the group, killing three girls and a woman. He has been identified as Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls.

At a little before noon on Saturday, Treu struck and killed three girl scouts and one adult who was supervising the girls as the picked up trash by the side of a country road.

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

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