Driver Was Huffing Before Crash That Killed 4

05 November, 2018, 23:04 | Author: Bert Pena
  • 3 Girl Scouts 1 Adult Killed in Hit-and Run Crash

Police say that after Treu hit the group of Scouts, he sped off, fleeing the scene in his pickup truck.

Authorities say a 21-year-old driver was intoxicated when he struck and killed three Girl Scouts and a parent and critically injured a fourth girl along a rural Wisconsin road. One girl died later at a hospital.

Lake Hallie police said Monday Treu and a passenger in the pickup truck both told investigators they had intentionally been inhaling chemical vapours just prior to the crash.

It's understood the children had adopted the country road and had performed the community service before.

The Girl Scout Troop members - fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls - were accompanied by several adults and were wearing bright safety vests.

The driver, identified as Colton Treu, 21, from Chippewa Falls, has since turned himself in to police and is expected to be charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle.

In Wisconsin, the school, the community of Scouts and most of Chippewa were preparing to attend a memorial at 6 p.m. Sunday at the elementary school the three girls who were killed attended.

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"We're going through a storm as girl scouts and as a community", said Chippewa Falls mother and former Girl Scout, Tricia Voigt.

The driver fled the area, but later turned himself in.

Chippewa Falls Area School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos sent a message to parents saying counselors, faith leaders and trained school staff would be available Monday at the two elementary schools. Families did the same at Southview Elementary School, the other school the girls attended, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved. Two of the girls, and a woman who was supervising the group, were pronounced dead at the scene.

This is an ongoing investigation. We would also like to thank the City of Chippewa Falls Police Department, Chippewa County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Chippewa Fire District for their assistance in this matter.

A fifth Girl Scout, a 10-year-old girl, remains hospitalized, but is in stable condition, according to police. Two other scouts were injured. Sergeant Dan Sokup says one victim was air lifted to the hospital and one victim was taken by ambulance. Crash occurred at 11:41am.

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. The vehicle of interest is believed to be a black or dark grey Ford F-150 '04-'06 with heavy front end damage and missing both side view mirrors.

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