Monday, 19 November, 2018

Three Girl Scouts picking up litter killed in 'tragic and senseless' hit-and-run

3 Girl Scouts, 1 Woman Killed in Wisconsin Hit-and-Run Colten Treu: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Ray Hunter | 05 November, 2018, 23:05

Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup says the pickup crossed a lane and veered into a roadside ditch, striking the victims, including a girl who survived but remained in critical condition Saturday night.

The girls were reported to have been about 10 years old and pupils of an elementary school in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office said that authorities are pursuing charges that would include four counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, four counts homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, four counts of hit-and-run involving death, and one count of hit-and-run involving great bodily harm.

In Wisconsin, the school, the community of Scouts and most of Chippewa were preparing to attend a memorial at 6 p.m. Sunday at the elementary school the three girls who were killed attended.

The victims were struck Saturday morning while picking up trash along a rural road in Lake Hallie, 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Minneapolis and just south of Chippewa Falls.

Another 10-year-old girl was struck and is in the hospital in stable condition, police said.

Two small groups of Girl Scouts, aged around nine and 10, were collecting rubbish on both sides of a country road north of the Chippewa County village of Lake Hallie, along with two adult supervisors. Police say Treu had been inhaling chemical vapors before the crash around 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Lake Hallie.

Eliopoulos says it's a "difficult time for our students, families and staff", and that the district will provide support "for as long as needed".

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But Cecily Spallees, a personal care attendant at a group home near the crash site, told the newspaper that drivers regularly speed on that stretch of road, which quickly changes from a 55-mph to a 35-mph zone. Two other children were injured.

Two of them and the adult died at the scene, while the third girl died in hospital.

Three young Girl Scouts and a mother were killed Saturday while cleaning garbage out of a ditch in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin. Sokup said it wasn't "an unsafe area". His passenger in the vehicle also turned himself in.

The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved. The woman who died is the mom of the girl who attended Southview.

The Lake Hallie Police Department is leading the investigation but multiple crews responded to the scene, including the Chippewa Falls Police Department, Chippewa County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, and other EMS and fire personnel.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Chippewa County Communications Center.

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