Driver was ‘huffing’ before crash that killed 3 Girl Scouts, one adult

3 Girl Scouts 1 Adult Killed in Hit-and Run Crash

3 Girl Scouts 1 Adult Killed in Hit-and Run Crash

Lake Hallie police have identified the victims as Jayna Kelley, 9, Autum Helgeson, 10, Haylee Hickle, 10, and her mother Sara Jo Schneider, 32. Police say Treu had been inhaling chemical vapors before the crash around 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Lake Hallie.

A fourth girl struck by the pickup was in critical condition Saturday evening.

Police say a pickup truck veered off the road into a ditch and struck them. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office said that authorities are pursuing charges that would include four counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, four counts homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, four counts of hit-and-run involving death, and one count of hit-and-run involving great bodily harm.

"Our hearts are broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes", CEO Sylvia Acevedo of Girl Scouts of the US said in a statement on November 4.

Another girl who was not immediately identified remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition, according to the newspaper.

The girls were from a scout group in Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145km) east of Minneapolis.

Sergeant Daniel Sokup said the driver, Colton Treu, initially fled the scene in the Ford pickup truck but later turned himself in to police.

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"Our hearts are broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes", Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, said in a statement Sunday. Truly, as a community, this affects every one of us.

Eliopoulos says it's a "difficult time for our students, families and staff", and that the district will provide support "for as long as needed".

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -Chippewa Falls School District Administration and local law enforcement plan to hold a news conference at 4:15 Sunday afternoon for an update on the student tragedy that happened Saturday.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department in a statement posted to Facebook Saturday evening called it a "truly horrific incident" and extended its condolences to the victims and their families.

Two fourth-graders and their chaperone died at the scene, while two other girls were taken by ambulance and helicopter to a nearby hospital where sadly, one of them later died. At the time of the crash, all members of the group were in the ditch on the west side of County Road P just south of the Highway 29 overpass bridge.

- Authorities say the driver accused in a deadly hit-and-run crash with a Girl Scout troop that was picking up trash on the side of the road near Eau Claire, Wisconsin Saturday was allegedly "huffing" chemicals prior to the crash. Sokup says he will be charged with four homicide counts.

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