Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Community mourns deaths of 3 Girl Scouts, 1 parent

Community mourns deaths of 3 Girl Scouts, 1 parent

Hundreds of people gathered together Sunday night at Halmsted Elementary School to remember the three girls, all in fourth grade, and one woman who died.

The Girl Scout community is also grieving.

New information Monday morning, we now know the names of the Girl Scout troop members and a mother killed in a hit-and-run crash in Lake Hallie, Wis., on Saturday.

A girl scout troop was picking up trash on CTH P near STH 29 when a black Ford F150 left the roadway and struck multiple persons in the ditch.

Police identified the victims as Jayna S. Kelley, 9; Autum A. Helgeson, 10, both of Lake Hallie; Haylee J. Hickle, 10, and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, both of Lafayette.

Colten Treu is the driver of a pick-up truck that struck and killed three girl scouts and a woman who was supervising the girls as they picked up trash along a country road in Chippewa County, Wisconsin.

Treu and his passenger, who also turned himself in, allegedly told police that right before the crash they "had been intentionally inhaling chemical vapors", also known as "huffing". But to his credit, the 21-year-old came back later and turned himself in to the police.

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.

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Woldhuis said the mother and daughter who died attended Chippewa Valley Bible Church, where he presides.

"The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved", Sokup said in a statement Saturday evening, noting that the investigation remains ongoing.

Treu was arrested on four counts of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle, five counts of hit and run and four counts of homicide while intoxicated (use of inhalants), police said. "Girl Scouts everywhere stand with your during this hard time".

Police say the fourth-graders and a mother were collecting trash in Lake Hallie Saturday morning when they were struck by the truck.

The Ford F-150 was traveling northbound when it crossed over a lane of traffic and into the ditch, where it struck the group, Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup said.

Sokup says the 21-year-old driver, Colten Treu of Chippewa Falls, sped off but later surrendered and will be charged with four counts of homicide.

She said two of the girls killed Saturday attended Halmstad Elementary.

"Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes asks that you please keep the Nokomis Service Area volunteers and families in your thoughts and prayers as they grapple with this senseless loss", the organization said in a statement.

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