Crash That Killed 3 Girl Scouts, Mother Allegedly Result Of ‘Huffing’

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

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. The pickup truck left the road and struck the Girl Scout troop in the ditch. Girl Scouts sang songs in memory of the victims, who were members of Troop 3055.

"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 on Sunday, as vigils were held in the girls' community. The two children were Girl Scouts from the area and local media is reporting that two other children were injured.

Counselors, psychologists, therapy dogs and faith leaders will again be at the two elementary schools where the victims were students.

"This is a hard time for our students, families and staff", Eliopoulos said in a message to parents.

Teddy bears, balloons and candles sat on two wooden benches in front of Halmstad Elementary School on November 4 while dozens of families met inside with faith leaders and counselors. The Girl Scout Troop members - fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls - were accompanied by several adults and were wearing bright safety vests.

"It's been very nice".

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Director of Human Resources & Public Relations, Michelle Golden, says the district is "deeply saddened by this tragedy".

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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.

He is identified as 21-year-old Colton Treu of Chippewa Falls.

No attorney who can speak for Treu was identified Sunday.

He was also found with methamphetamines, cannabis and other controlled substances when he was arrested, police say. Sokup also said that it was not immediately known if there were other factors which may have led to the crash.

It was unclear it Treu was distracted in the moments leading up to the crash, Sergeant Sokup told Minnesota's Star Tribune. The driver, Colten Treu, sped away, but later surrendered to authorities.

"I'm always telling one of my residents that he shouldn't walk this strip at night", Spallees said.

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.

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