- Police in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin have identified the suspect in a fatal hit and run that killed three girls and one woman while they were picking up trash on the side of a road Saturday morning.
She said two of the girls killed Saturday attended Halmstad Elementary.
At 11:41 a.m., a pickup truck hit multiple victims on County Road P and the Highway 29 overpass near Weber Field near Eau Claire, Wis. Two other scouts were injured.
It wasn't clear whether Treu somehow got distracted, Sokup said. Killed in the crash was Andrew McMorris, 12, a seventh-grader who had just started taking flying lessons and hoped to one day earn his Eagle Scout badge. The other was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Sergeant Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department said the driver of the black Ford F-150 pickup truck fled the scene but later turned himself in.
Investigators said Treu sped away from the scene, but later turned himself in. Both men made statements to police in which they admitted to "huffing" chemicals prior to the accident.
All of the children were wearing bright safety vests and were accompanied by adults, a relative who witnessed the crash said.
The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved.
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The head of Girl Scouts of the United States of America 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.
"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 U.S. said in a statement on November 4. No words can ease the pain of a tragedy of this magnitude.
As a western Wisconsin community grieves the deaths of three Girl Scouts and a parent who were struck by a pickup truck, authorities still haven't released the names of the victims or a fourth girl who survived. One girl died later at a hospital.
Classmates and fellow Girl Scouts from around the area lit candles in memory of the young lives lost.
"We're going through a storm as girl scouts and as a community", said Chippewa Falls mother and former Girl Scout, Tricia Voigt. "These girls were out there trying to do some good and this is what happened".
Monday morning, counselors, psychologists, therapy dogs and faith leaders will again be at the two elementary schools where the victims were students.