3 Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in Wisconsin hit-and-run crash

LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (AP) — A pickup truck lurched off a road in
western Wisconsin Saturday and hit a group of Girl Scouts picking
up trash in a ditch, leaving three girls and one adult dead and
critically injuring a fourth girl, police said.

Sgt. 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. He identified the driver as Colton Treu,
21, of Chippewa, Falls, Wisconsin.

Sokup said Treu will be charged with four counts of homicide
through the negligent use of a vehicle. Sokup said the crash
happened before a hill and there were no blind spots.

“The area is not an unsafe area,” he said. Sokup said it was
not immediately known if there were other factors that might have
led the driver to leave the road.

The crash happened late Saturday morning as the girls were
picking up litter in a ditch in Lake Hallie, a town about 95 miles
(153 kilometers) east of Minneapolis.

The girls were in the fourth grade at Halmstad Elementary School
in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune quoted a
relative of a girl in the troop who was not injured as saying. The
Girl Scouts were all wearing bright safety vests and were
accompanied by several adults.

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Two of the girls and the woman were pronounced dead at the
scene. A third Girl Scout was transported to a hospital where she
later died, Sokup said. The fourth girl was transported to a
hospital in critical condition. The names of the dead were not
immediately released.

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3 Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in Wisconsin hit-and-run crash