Wisconsin town mourns 3 Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in crash


Three girls were killed and a fourth was in critical condition Saturday after the driver of a pickup truck struck members of a Girl Scout troop picking up trash on the side of a Wisconsin road, police said.

A candlelight vigil was held for the victims at Halmstead Elementary School, where two of the deceased girls attended, on Sunday night.

Police said 21-year-old Colten Treu was driving a pick-up truck that left the road and hit the troop. The two-ton pickup slammed into the Scouts, visiting tragedy on the town of 14,000 before speeding off. Sokup says he will be charged with four homicide counts. A fourth girl suffered critical injuries and is still being treated in the hospital.

Four scouts and one volunteer were killed in the crash.

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. But by Saturday evening, the 21-year-old turned himself in to the authorities.

The crash remains under investigation. Several girls scouts and chaperones were collecting trash along a ditch on County Highway P near Webber Field.

The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved.

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Police say the 21-year-old driver accused of striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a mother and injuring a fourth girl had been inhaling chemical vapors before the crash in northwestern Wisconsin. Hinkle's mother, Sara Jo Schneider, 32, was also killed.

The head of Girl Scouts of the US says "our hearts are broken" after three Girl Scouts and an adult were struck and killed in what authorities say was a hit-and-run crash along a rural Wisconsin highway.

The organization says cards may be sent to the Eau Claire Service Center at 4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo issued a statement Sunday expressing condolences for the victims, who were picking up litter along the road in Lake Hallie when a pickup truck veered of the road and hit them. No words can ease the pain of a tragedy of this magnitude.

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". A third girl was rushed to the hospital and died there.

"Truly, as a community, this affects everyone one of us". "These girls were out there trying to do some good and this is what happened".

Earlier Sunday, teddy bears, balloons and candles sat on two wooden benches in front of Halmstad Elementary while dozens of families met inside with faith leaders and counselors.