Driver likely intoxicated in crash that killed 4

Geraldine Edwards
November 7, 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.

A driver who fatally struck three Girl Scouts and a mother along a Wisconsin highway was "huffing" chemicals prior to the deadly crash, police said. Police identified him as Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls.

Two small groups of Girl Scouts, aged around nine and 10, were collecting rubbish on both sides of a country road north of the Chippewa County village of Lake Hallie, along with two adult supervisors.

Two of them and the adult died at the scene, while the third girl died in hospital.

Sokup said Treu's black Ford F-150 crossed a lane Saturday morning and veered into a roadside ditch, striking the victims.

He's facing 13 charges, including four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

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The reason for the crash is not clear and Mr Sokup said Treu had been approaching a hill and there were no blind spots. Another girl was critically injured, Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup said.

A police report from that crash says meth and drug paraphernalia were found in his auto.

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. Girl Scouts sang songs in memory of the victims, who were members of Troop 3055. "Girl Scouts everywhere stand with you during this hard time".

The community gathered Sunday night to remember four lives taken suddenly in a hit-and-run crash, reports CBS Minnesota.

"It could have been us", said Sara Walker, a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

"I have one son here that's in Scouts and he's wearing his Scout uniform to help represent the scouting community", Schafer said.

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Pastor Jim Woldhuis says 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.

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.

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.

Another group of girls and an adult chaperone were on the other side of the road shoulder at the time of the crash. "The Girl Scout Movement everywhere stands with our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this bad tragedy".

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