Officials: Driver Was Huffing Before Crash That Killed Wisconsin Girl Scouts, Mom


A young driver was inhaling chemical vapors, or huffing, just prior to striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a mother and critically injuring a fourth girl who had been picking up trash along a rural Wisconsin highway, police said.

Colten Treu, 21, sped off after the collision in Lake Hallie Saturday morning, but later surrendered.
Treu was held at the Chippewa County Prison for 13 possible charges, including the Sgt of the Chippewa County Sheriff, a four-count of a motor vehicle. He said Robert Jensen. The connection was set to $ 250,000 in the first court appearance on Monday morning.

Hallie police said on Monday that a passenger on Treu and pickup truck had inhaled chemicals vapors just before the accident.

Lake Hallie police said on Monday: 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, both Hallie Lake and 10-year-old Haylee Hickle and 32-year-old mother Sara Jo. Schneider, from the town of Lafayette.

The surviving girl was hospitalized in Rochester under critical circumstances.

Children were in the fourth grade at Halmstad Elementary School and Southview Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles east of Minneapolis.

The two little Girl Scout groups and their adult chaperones wear bright green safety vests as they tour both sides of the County Highway P, which they adopt as a public service project.
Hallie police Sgt. On Saturday, Daniel Sokup said that Treu’s black Ford F-150 crossed a lane Saturday morning and slammed into victims by slamming it with a roadside ditch.

Hundreds of community members gathered under umbrellas in a bite of rain on Sunday evening for a candlelight night shift outside Halmstad Elementary School. Girl Scouts singing songs in memory of victims of Troop 3055. On two wooden benches, a makeshift monument of teddy bears, balloons and candles was set up.

“Our hearts have been broken for the daughters and families of the Northwest Big Lakes Girl Scouts,” said Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of the US Girl Scouts, on Sunday. ”The Girl Scout Movement, along with our Sisters Scouts in Wisconsin, stand together to upset and comfort each other after this terrible tragedy.“

In a message for parents, Inspector Heidi Eliopoulos said: söyl This is a difficult time for our students, our families and our staff. If necessary, students (and) will provide continuous support for their families and staff. “

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