Girl Scouts, 1 Woman Killed in Wisconsin Hit-and-Run

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

Teddy bears, flowers, and candles were placed on benches outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wis.as a memorial to the three Girl Scouts who were struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene, November 4, 2018.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - The three girls killed attended Halmstad Elementary School and Southview Elementary school in Chippewa Falls. Girl Scouts sang songs in memory of the victims, who were members of Troop 3055.

The children had been litter picking in a ditch near Lake Hallie, a town about 95 miles east of Minneapolis when the truck crossed over a lane and into the ditch, hitting the group.

But at about 11:40AM, police told the Star Tribune, a black Ford F-150 pickup careened off-road and slammed into the group of girls.

But by Saturday evening, the 21-year-old turned himself in to the authorities.

Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin is charged in the crash that killed three Girl Scouts and one volunteer while they were picking trash on the side of the road.

Chippewa Falls Area School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos sent a message to parents saying counselors, faith leaders and trained school staff would be available Monday at the two elementary schools. "We will be providing ongoing support for both students (and) families and staff for as long as needed".

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Police say a pickup truck veered off the road into a ditch and struck the victims as they picked up trash Saturday. One additional 10-year-old is still in the hospital, but they say she is reported to be in stable condition. A makeshift memorial of teddy bears, balloons and candles was set up on two wooden benches.

The three Girl Scouts who were killed in the crash have been identified as Jayna Kelley, 9, of Lake Hallie, Autum Helgeson, 10, of Lake Hallie, Haylee Hinkle, 10, of Lafayette.

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

The surviving girl was hospitalized in Rochester in critical condition.

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. "The Girl Scout Movement everywhere stands with our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this awful tragedy".

Police say the fourth-graders and a mother were collecting trash in Lake Hallie Saturday morning when they were struck by the truck.

Sokup says the 21-year-old driver, Colten Treu of Chippewa Falls, sped off but later surrendered and will be charged with four counts of homicide.

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