Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Intoxicated driver accused of killing 3 Girl Scouts, parent

Intoxicated driver accused of killing 3 Girl Scouts, parent

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

Girl Scouts chief executive Sylvia Acevedo paid tribute to the girls and the woman in a statement on Sunday, saying "our hearts are broken" over the tragedy. "Girl Scouts everywhere stand with you during this hard time".

Two other girls were taken to hospital with critical injuries, however doctors could not save one of the girls, who died several hours later.

The Girl Scouts from Chippewa Falls had adopted the hilly, rural stretch of County Road P in western Wisconsin, so, with trash bags in hand, they dutifully picked up litter Saturday afternoon, tunics and sashes supplanted by lime-green safety vests.

"This is a hard time for our students, families and staff", Eliopoulos said in a message to parents.

Golden added the district and school crisis teams assembled support networks for students, staff and families. One of the girls attended Southview.

"It's been very nice".

Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup said the pickup, a black Ford F-150, crossed a lane Saturday morning and veered into a roadside ditch, striking the victims.

Another group of girls and an adult chaperone were on the other side of the road shoulder at the time of the crash.

Treu was being held in the Chippewa County Jail on 13 possible charges, including four counts of intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, Chippewa County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Jensen said.

The girls were reported to have been about 10 years old and pupils of an elementary school in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

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.

It was unclear it Treu was distracted in the moments leading up to the crash, Sergeant Sokup told Minnesota's Star Tribune.

Lake Hallie police said Monday that the deceased were: 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, both of Lake Hallie, and 10-year-old Haylee Hickle and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, from the Town of Lafayette.

Jill Schafer was one of hundreds who gathered for a vigil outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa falls to pray for three girl scouts and a mother, killed while serving their community.

"I'm always telling one of my residents that he shouldn't walk this strip at night", Spallees said. Police misspelled Treu's first name as "Colton" in initial news releases. Authorities say another 10-year-old Girl Scout who was injured, but not identified, is hospitalized in stable condition.

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