Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Driver was huffing before crash that killed 4

3 Girl Scouts, 1 Woman Killed in Wisconsin Hit-and-Run Colten Treu: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Faye Gross | 07 November, 2018, 03:13

"This is a awful reminder of our nations epidemic of self-indulging with substance abuse without regard of the consequences", Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal D. Smokowicz said in a statement Monday.

Three girl scouts have been killed after they were hit by a truck while picking up litter.

According to The Star Tribune, the crash happened before a hill and there were no blind spots.

The girls were fourth-graders and members of Troop 3055 in Chippewa Falls.

Eliopoulos confirmed another girl is in critical condition.

After turning himself in to police, Treu admitted to police that he and the passenger in his vehicle had intentionally inhaled chemicals, which is commonly referred to as "huffing", just prior to the incident. Treu sped away from the scene, but later turned himself in.

The man accused of killing three girl scouts and a parent in a Saturday hit-and-run is now being held on $250,000 bond. "The Girl Scout Movement everywhere stands with our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this bad tragedy".

Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup says 21-year-old Colten Treu, of Chippewa Falls, crossed a lane Saturday morning and veered into a roadside ditch, striking the victims. Truly, as a community, this affects every one of us.

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The girls were in the fourth grade at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune quoted a relative of a girl in the troop who was not injured as saying.

Troop 3055's regional council, the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, expressed its condolences on Facebook and said a vigil will be held on November 4 evening at the girls' school.

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

More support and services for students and staff will be available at the elementary schools Monday.

We would also like to thank the City of Chippewa Falls Police Department, Chippewa County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Chippewa Fire District for their assistance in this matter.

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.

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

A small group of girl scouts were picking up trash along County Road P, near highway 29 overpass in Chippewa County on Saturday morning. Sergeant Dan Sokup says one victim was air lifted to the hospital and one victim was taken by ambulance.

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