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

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

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

Four people, including three Girl Scouts, were killed in a hit-and-run crash in Wisconsin on Saturday, police said.

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. "It is with profound sadness that we join together in mourning the tragic loss of our Girl Scout sisters".

Sergeant Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police said the stretch of road had no blind spots, with the crash occurring just before an incline in the road.

Treu and his passenger, who also turned himself in, allegedly told police that right before the crash they "had been intentionally inhaling chemical vapors", also known as "huffing". One girl survived and was in critical condition Saturday night. One additional 10-year-old is still in the hospital, but they say she is reported to be in stable condition. Two of the girls, and a woman who was supervising the group, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Counselors, psychologists, therapy dogs and faith leaders will again be at the two elementary schools where the victims were students.

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

At 11:41 a.m., a pickup truck hit multiple victims on County Road P and the Highway 29 overpass near Weber Field near Eau Claire, Wis.

Hundreds of community members huddled under umbrellas in the biting rain Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil outside Halmstad Elementary.

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At a little before noon on Saturday, Treu struck and killed three girl scouts and one adult who was supervising the girls as the picked up trash by the side of a country road.

A fourth girl was battling critical injuries.

Acevedo says Girl Scouts everywhere stand with "our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this awful tragedy".

The western Wisconsin community on Sunday was grieving the deaths of three Girl Scouts and a parent who were collecting trash Saturday along a rural highway when police say a pickup truck veered off the road and hit them before speeding away.

The 21-year-old driver, Colten Treu of Chippewa Falls, sped off but later surrendered.

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 Sunday evening. Three of the girls and an adult volunteer were killed.

The driver fled the area, but later turned himself in. "We will be providing ongoing support for both students (and) families and staff for as long as needed". A third girl was rushed to the hospital and died there. Sokup says he will be charged with four homicide counts.

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