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

3 Girl Scouts 1 Adult Killed in Hit-and Run Crash
3 Girl Scouts, 1 Woman Killed in Wisconsin Hit-and-Run
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07 November, 2018

Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo issued a statement Sunday expressing condolences for the victims, who were picking up litter along the road in Lake Hallie when a pickup truck veered of the road and hit them.

Police say the 21-year-old driver accused of striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a mother and injuring a fourth girl had been inhaling chemical vapors before the crash in northwestern Wisconsin.

Three young Girl Scouts and a mother were killed Saturday while cleaning garbage out of a ditch in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin.

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

All members of the group - seven children and five adults - "were in the ditch, not on the pavement or gravel shoulder at the time of the crash" and were "wearing green highly visible safety vests", police said.

Officials say two area Girl Scouts and one adult are dead. He faces four counts of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle and is expected in court Monday morning.

"A tragic and senseless act that happened earlier today in Hallie involving a Halmstad Girl Scout troop has us all asking Why?" the Nokomis Service Area Girl Scouts said in a Facebook post Saturday, on a page that had days earlier been used to inform families about how their daughters could earn outdoor merit badges or remind the troop about Camp Nawakwa Shirt Friday.

A passenger in Treu's truck also surrendered to police in Eau Claire, but that suspect had not been identified, the newspaper reported.

Tire tracks marked with spray paint lead to where a vehicle struck three Girl Scouts and an an adult chaperone, November 4, 2018, in Lake Hallie, Wis.

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"Our hearts are with our Girl Scout sisters in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin", the Girl Scouts of the US and its CEO, Sylvia Acevedo, posted on Twitter and Facebook.

"Just a fun-loving girl, Girl Scout".

A Wisconsin community is grieving the sudden loss of four lives, as a mother and three girl scouts were killed in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend that was allegedly the result of the driver "huffing".

A western Wisconsin school district is making counselors available for students following the deaths three Girl Scouts and a parent who were killed in a hit-and-run crash along a rural road.

Two girls and a chaperone were killed on the roadside, according to the Lake Hallie Police Department, which is investigating.

Hundreds of community members huddled under umbrellas in the biting rain Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil outside Halmstad Elementary.

A Girl Scout troop was picking up trash on CTH P near STH 29 when a black Ford F150 left the roadway and struck multiple people in the ditch.

A fourth girl was battling critical injuries. Sergeant Dan Sokup says one victim was air lifted to the hospital and one victim was taken by ambulance.


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