Crash That Killed 3 Girl Scouts, Mother Allegedly Result Of ‘Huffing’

Saul Bowman
November 7, 2018

Emergency services gathered at the site of the hit-and-run incident.

Families did the same at Southview Elementary School, the other school in Chippewa Falls the girls attended, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

A police report from that crash says meth and drug paraphernalia were found in his auto. One girl survived and was in critical condition Saturday night.

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.

Eliopoulos says approximately 15 people were there at the time of the incident.

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.

A fourth scout was seriously injured and remains in critical condition.

The pickup truck left the road and struck the Girl Scout troop in the ditch.

A 21-year-old driver accused of killing three Girl Scouts and a mother in northwestern Wisconsin is being held on $250,000 bond while he faces charges of vehicular homicide. He will be charged with four counts of homicide, Sokup said.

Acevedo says Girl Scouts everywhere stand with "our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this awful tragedy".

Chippewa Falls school district officials said Treu had attended the same school district as the victims.

The driver of a black Ford F-150 "crossed over a lane of traffic and into the ditch, striking the Girl Scout troop", Sgt. Dan Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department told CNN affiliate WEAU. He has been identified as Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls.

Troop 3055's regional council, the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, expressed its condolences on Facebook and said a vigil will be held on November 4 evening at the girls' school.

'We will be providing ongoing support for both students (and) families and staff for as long as needed'.

Police identified the victims as Jayna S. Kelley, 9; Autum A. Helgeson, 10, both of Lake Hallie; Haylee J. Hickle, 10, and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, both of Lafayette.

Lake Hallie police are leading the investigation.

The three girls killed are Girl Scouts.

The driver fled the area, but later turned himself in. The two-ton pickup slammed into the Scouts, visiting tragedy on the town of 14,000 before speeding off.

Two of them and the adult died at the scene, while the third girl died in hospital. Sergeant Dan Sokup says one victim was air lifted to the hospital and one victim was taken by ambulance.

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