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Children mowed down and killed in horror hit-run crash

Children mowed down and killed in horror hit-run crash”

Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo issued a statement Sunday expressing condolences for the victims, who were picking up litter along the road in Lake Hallie when a pickup truck veered of the road and hit them.

A small community in the U.S. state of Wisconsin is in mourning after three Girl Scouts and an adult volunteer were killed in a hit-and-run while picking up litter along a rural road on Saturday.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes asks for support for Nokomis Service Area volunteers impacted by Saturday's fatal crash.

The suspected driver, 21-year-old Colten Treu of Chippewa Falls, fled but later turned himself in several hours later, police said. He will be charged with four counts of homicide, Sokup said. Police say Treu had been inhaling chemical vapors before the crash around 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Lake Hallie.

"The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved", Sokup said in a statement Saturday evening, noting that the investigation remains ongoing.

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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.

Tire tracks marked with spray paint lead to where a vehicle struck three Girl Scouts and an an adult chaperone, November 4, 2018, in Lake Hallie, Wis.

"Our hearts are broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes", CEO Sylvia Acevedo of Girl Scouts of the US said in a statement on Sunday, as vigils were held in the girls' community.

The grandmother of one of three Girl Scouts killed in a Wisconsin hit-and-run crash says the child dreamed of being an animator and shared a love of crafts with her mom, who also died in the accident.

Jasper said this tragedy comes as a shock to many, especially to fellow Girl Scouts. Truly, as a community, this affects every one of us.

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The girls were from a scout group in Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145km) east of Minneapolis. The woman who died is the mom of the girl who attended Southview.

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

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

Another group of girls and an adult chaperone were on the other side of the road shoulder at the time of the crash. One girl survived and was in critical condition Saturday night. Sokup says he will be charged with four homicide counts.

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