3 Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in hit-an­drun crash

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS -

LAKE HAL­LIE, WIS. — A pickup truck lurched off a road in west­ern Wis­con­sin Satur­day and hit a group of Girl Scouts pick­ing up trash in the 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. It was not clear why the ve­hi­cle veered off the road, but lo­cal res­i­dents said the road in the area was dan­ger­ous and there had been nu­mer­ous ac­ci­dents there.

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

The girls were in the fourth grade at Halm­stad El­e­men­tary School in Chippewa Falls, Wis­con­sin, the Min­neapo­lis StarTri­bune 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.

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.

[STEVE KINDERMAN/THE EAU CLAIRE LEADER-TELE­GRAM VIA THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS]

Emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel gather at the scene of a hit-and-run ac­ci­dent Satur­day in Lake Hal­lie,Wis.

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