Children mowed down and killed in horror hit-run crash

Posted November 07, 2018

A Wisconsin community is grieving the sudden loss of four lives, as a mother and three girl scouts were killed in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend that was allegedly the result of the driver "huffing".

A relative of a girl who was not hurt in the crash said the children were fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, 180 miles west of Green Bay.

The man accused of killing three girl scouts and a parent in a Saturday hit-and-run is now being held on $250,000 bond.

Police say a pickup truck veered off the road into a ditch and struck them.

The driver sped off, leaving two girls and one woman dead. But by Saturday evening, the 21-year-old turned himself in to the authorities.

Girl Scouts chief executive Sylvia Acevedo paid tribute to the girls and the woman in a statement on Sunday, saying "our hearts are broken" over the tragedy.

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos spoke during Sunday's news conference.

His passenger also turned himself in and both admitted they had intentionally inhaled chemicals to get high "just prior" to the crash, police said.

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". 29 overpass about 11:40 a.m. when a black Ford F-150 pickup veered off the north-south road and hit the group, police said.

According to the Chippewa County jail, 21-year-old Colten Treu could face multiple charges after Saturday's hit-and-run - including hit-and-run involving death and homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

On Sunday night mourners at Halmstad Elementary School held a candlelit vigil to pay tribute to the girls.

The pickup truck left the road and struck the Girl Scout troop in the ditch. One was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.

Acevedo says Girl Scouts everywhere stand with "our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this bad tragedy".

He is identified as 21-year-old Colton Treu of Chippewa Falls.

"Our hearts are with our Girl Scout sisters in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin", the Girl Scouts of the US and its CEO, Sylvia Acevedo, posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Grief counselors will be available for local students at school on Monday.

"This is a awful reminder of our nations epidemic of self-indulging with substance abuse without regard of the consequences", Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal D. Smokowicz said in a statement Monday.

The incident is still under investigation by the Lake Hallie Police Department. We grieve with you.

Two other girls were taken to hospital with critical injuries; however, doctors could not save one of the girls, who died several hours later.