Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Names released in fatal hit-and-run; police release crash cause

Names released in fatal hit-and-run; police release crash cause

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

"A tragic and senseless act that happened earlier today in Hallie involving a Halmstad Girl Scout troop has us all asking Why?" the Nokomis Service Area Girl Scouts said in a Facebook post Saturday, on a page that had days earlier been used to inform families about how their daughters could earn outdoor merit badges or remind the troop about Camp Nawakwa Shirt Friday.

Suddenly, a speeding Ford F-150 veered off the road into a ditch where three girls and an adult chaperone were performing community service.

A fourth girl struck by the pickup was in critical condition Saturday evening.

Three girls and a woman were killed Saturday morning when a truck driven by a Wisconsin man struck them as their Girl Scout troop was picking up trash along a roadway.

Monday morning, counselors, psychologists, therapy dogs and faith leaders will again be at the two elementary schools where the victims were students. 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. One additional 10-year-old is still in the hospital, but they say she is reported to be in stable condition.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that teddy bears, balloons and candles sat on two wooden benches in front of Halmstad Elementary on Sunday afternoon.

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Authorities are set to release the names of the girls and the woman who died on Monday. Another girl was critically injured, Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup said.

A 21-year-old driver accused of killing three Girl Scouts and a mother in northwestern Wisconsin is being held on $250,000 bond while he faces charges of vehicular homicide. He was jailed Sunday and charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle.

"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.

Police say the fourth-graders and a mother were collecting trash in Lake Hallie Saturday morning when they were struck by the truck.

The driver, 21-year-old Colten Treu, later surrendered to authorities after police launched a search for the vehicle.

Hundreds of community members gathered in 40-degree weather Sunday evening for a vigil outside Halmstad Elementary School, where some of the girls were students.

Sokup said it was not immediately known if there were other factors that might have led the driver to leave the road.

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