Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Driver likely intoxicated in crash that killed 4

Driver likely intoxicated in crash that killed 4

Investigators have yet to determine why a pickup truck veered across a highway in rural western Wisconsin and crashed into Girl Scouts collecting trash, killing three and critically injuring a parent. Several Girl Scouts sang songs in memory of the victims. "It is with profound sadness that we join together in mourning the tragic loss of our Girl Scout sisters".

The deceased woman was identified as the mother of one of the dead girls in a report from local broadcaster WEAU News, however the names of the victims have yet to be released.

Two of them and the adult died at the scene, while the third girl died in hospital.

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.

Police say Treu had been inhaling chemical vapors before the crash around 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Lake Hallie.

Two girls and a chaperone were killed on the roadside, according to the Lake Hallie Police Department, which is investigating.

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

The killed girls were students at the Halmstad and Southview elementary schools in Chippewa County, where grief counselors were on hand as classes resumed Monday.

The community of Chippewa Falls gathered Sunday evening at Halmstad Elementary, where hundreds of people remembered the lives of the victims in Saturday's tragedy. He was jailed Sunday and charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle. The Star Tribune reported that the crash happened before a hill and there were no blind spots, and Sokup said it was "not an unsafe area".

The Girl Scout community is also grieving. One juvenile female remains in critical condition at this time.

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. 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.

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

This is an ongoing investigation. Striking vehicle 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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