A mother and three girl scouts were killed after a man allegedly hit them with his vehicle Saturday on a Wisconsin highway while on drugs.
Colten Treu, 21, allegedly struck and killed four people Saturday, injuring a fifth person as well, The Associated Press reported Monday. Treu had reportedly huffed drugs before the incident, according to Lake Hallie police.
Nine-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-olds Autum Helgeson and Haylee Hickle were killed after a vehicle crossed lanes and ran off the road. Hickle’s 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, was also killed. A fifth girl remains in critical condition.
The girls were fourth graders and all members of Girl Scout Troop 3055, the AP reported.
Treu faces 13 possible charges, including four counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to Chippewa Sgt. Robert Jensen, the AP reported. Treu allegedly fled the scene after the incident, but later reported himself to the authorities, according to WEAU13.
Treu is being held at the Chippewa County Jail and appeared at a hearing Monday morning.
“Our hearts are broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes,” Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo said in a statement. “The Girl Scout Movement everywhere stands with our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this terrible tragedy.” (RELATED: The Scouts’ Inclusion Of Girls Is A Disaster For Both Boys And Girls)
“This is a difficult time for our students, families and staff. We will be providing ongoing support for both students, families and staff for as long as needed,” Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos said in a statement to parents, WCJB reported.
Hundreds of community members participated in a candlelight vigil outside Halmstad Elementary School, where the girls attended, Sunday evening.
The Girl Scouts encouraged people to wear green Monday in support of the victims and Troop 3055, according to WEAU13.
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