Three Girl Scouts Killed In Hit-And-Run While Picking Up Rubbish

Leroy Wright
November 5, 2018

Hundreds of community members gathered outside an elementary school in Wisconsin to remember three Girl Scouts and a parent who were killed in a hit-and-run crash.

"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 U.S., said in a statement Sunday.

An adult was also killed and a fourth girl has been critically injured, police said in the USA state of Wisconsin on Saturday.

Counselors, faith leaders and trained school staff would be available at least through November 5 at two elementary schools, according to Chippewa Falls School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos. 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 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that teddy bears, balloons and candles sat on two wooden benches in front of Halmstad Elementary on Sunday afternoon.

In a message to parents, Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos said: "This is a hard time for our students, families and staff".

Golden added the district and school crisis teams assembled support networks for students, staff and families.

Grief counselors will be available for local students at school on Monday.

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"Our people care about our children and are wrapping up our children".

Sgt. Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department said the driver of the black Ford F-150 pickup truck fled the scene but later turned himself in.

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.

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

The 21-year-old Treu graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 2014. He is being held on 13 possible charges: four counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, four counts of hit-and-run involving death and one count hit-and-run involving great bodily harm.

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

"I'm always telling one of my residents that he shouldn't walk this strip at night", Spallees told the newspaper.

Lake Hallie Police were also expected to release the victims' names.

Pastor Jim Woldhuis says the mother and daughter who died attended Chippewa Valley Bible Church, where he presides.

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