Colten Treu is the driver of a pick-up truck that struck and killed three girl scouts and a woman who was supervising the girls as they picked up trash along a country road in Chippewa County, Wisconsin. "It is with profound sadness that we join together in mourning the tragic loss of our Girl Scout sisters". Authorities have not released the identities of the victims.
Two other girls were taken to hospital with critical injuries; however, doctors could not save one of the girls, who died several hours later.
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.
"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 U.S. said in a statement on Sunday, as vigils were held in the girls' community.
One vigil, outside the Halmstad Elementary School which some of the girls attended, saw hundreds of mourners gather in near freezing rain to pay their respects to the victims. Sokup said the crash happened before a Treu's pickup went over a hill and, he said, there were no blind spots.
One young girl remains in critical condition at this time.
Treu was arrested on four counts of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle, five counts of hit and run and four counts of homicide while intoxicated (use of inhalants), police said.
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The Girl Scout community is also grieving.
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.
Teddy bears, flowers, and candles were placed on benches outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wis., on Sunday, as a memorial to the three Girl Scouts and a parent who were struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene the day before.
But to his credit, the 21-year-old came back later and turned himself in to the police.
This is an ongoing investigation. At the time of the crash, all members of the group were in the ditch on the west side of County Road P just south of the Highway 29 overpass bridge. The vehicle of interest is believed to be a black or dark grey Ford F-150 '04-'06 with heavy front end damage and missing both side view mirrors.
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.