Girl Scouts CEO says hearts 'broken' over crash

3 Girl Scouts, 1 Woman Killed in Wisconsin Hit-and-Run

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - The Lake Hallie Police Department says three young girls and one woman are dead after a fatal hit-and-run.

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.

Sokup says the 21-year-old driver, Colten Treu of Chippewa Falls, sped off but later surrendered and will be charged with four counts of homicide. He's expected to face 13 possible charges, including four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, sheriff officials told the Star Tribune.

Teddy bears, flowers, and candles were placed on benches outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wis.as a memorial to the three Girl Scouts who were struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene, November 4, 2018.

The crash happened late Saturday morning as the girls were picking up litter in a ditch in Lake Hallie, a village about 95 miles (153 kilometers) east of Minneapolis.

The surviving girl was hospitalized in Rochester in critical condition.

All members of the group - seven children and five adults - "were in the ditch, not on the pavement or gravel shoulder at the time of the crash" and were "wearing green highly visible safety vests", police said. Both men made statements to police in which they admitted to "huffing" chemicals prior to the accident.

Golden added the district and school crisis teams assembled support networks for students, staff and families.

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Police and witnesses said Treu was speeding on a highway when it veered into a shallow ditch where the girls and Schneider were picking up trash as part of an "Adopt-A-Highway" group. Two other children were injured.

"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 US said in a statement Sunday.

Hundreds of community members huddled under umbrellas in the biting rain Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil outside Halmstad Elementary.

Two fourth-graders and their chaperone died at the scene, while two other girls were taken by ambulance and helicopter to a nearby hospital where sadly, one of them later died.

The driver fled, but turned himself in later. Striking vehicle 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.

"The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved", Sokup said in a statement Saturday evening, noting that the investigation remains ongoing.

We'll have updates on the incident as information comes in.

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