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Driver was huffing before Girl Scout hit-and-run

Driver was huffing before Girl Scout hit-and-run

The traffic crash claimed the lives of Jayna S. Kelley, 9, Autum A. Helgeson, 10, Haylee J. Hickle, 10, and her mother Sara Jo Schneider, 32.

Police say Treu kept driving.

Three Girl Scouts who were killed in an alleged hit-and-run this weekend have been identified as police claim the 21-year-old suspected driver admitted to "huffing" right before the deadly crash.

Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup told The Associated Press Treu will be charged with four counts of homicide. Treu sped away from the scene, but later turned himself in.

A fifth Girl Scout, a 10-year-old girl, remains hospitalized, but is in stable condition, according to police.

"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 United States of America said in a statement on Sunday, as vigils were held in the girls' community. "When we weep, we all weep together".

"Just a fun-loving girl, Girl Scout".

Candles lit the night, songs were sung, and through the grief, hearts were connected.

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

"Chippewa Falls is a close knit community", said Superintendent, Heidi Eliopoulos.

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. One girl survived and was in critical condition Saturday night.

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".




She expressed gratitude to local first responders.

Treu is now being held at the Chippewa County Jail.

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.

Stay with WEAU 13 News as new information becomes available.

A candlelight vigil is being held by the Nokomis Service Area on Sunday, November 4 at 6 p.m.at Halmstad Elementary School.

The children were all fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School and Southview Elementary School in nearby Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145 kilometres) east of Minneapolis. There's been a lot of people - it's been a very supportive environment, ' said Michelle Golden, human resources director for the school district.

The four were killed while cleaning garbage out of a ditch in Lake Hallie. Three of the girls and an adult volunteer were killed. Other members of the troop were picking up trash from the opposite shoulder.

The driver fled the area, but later turned himself in. Police identified him as Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls.

The Lake Hallie Police Department extends it's deepest sympathies to the families involved.

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

Officials say the crash happened at 11:41AM on County P at the 29 overpass near Weber Field.

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