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.
Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department as saying that the driver of the pickup that hit the group fled the scene but later turned himself in.
This photo provided by the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin shows Colten Treu, who is accused of striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a parent and critically injuring a fourth girl near Chippewa Falls, Wis., Nov. 3, 2018.
The 21-year-old is in custody and is expected to be charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle, Mr Sokup told the Star-Tribune.
The community gathered Sunday night to remember four lives taken suddenly in a hit-and-run crash, reports CBS Minnesota.
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New information Monday morning, we now know the names of the Girl Scout troop members and a mother killed in a hit-and-run crash in Lake Hallie, Wis., on Saturday.
Another girl who was not immediately identified remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition, according to the newspaper. "We will be providing ongoing support for both students (and) families and staff for as long as needed".
Investigators said the Girl Scouts, mostly fourth graders and parent volunteers, were cleaning trash along a county road when the pickup Treu was driving veered into the ditch, hitting several of them before driving off.
CHIPPEWA COUNTY - Authorities in Chippewa County are looking for the driver of a pickup truck that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run that has resulted in the deaths of at least two children and one adult. Two other children were injured.
Woldhuis said the mother and daughter who died attended Chippewa Valley Bible Church, where he presides.
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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. One girl died later at a hospital.
Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District spokeswoman Michelle Golden said the district was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and "hearts and prayers are with the girls and their families", WEAU reported. He took off but later turned himself in. An investigation and search for the vehicle is underway.
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.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Chippewa County Communications Center.
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