UPDATE: Identity Released of Driver Who Killed Three Girl Scouts in Wisconsin
LAKE HALLIE, WI. – November 4, 2018 (wsbradio.com) The driver who struck and killed a woman and three Girl Scouts on a Wisconsin road has been identified, according to an online news report from wsbradio.com. The driver initially fled the scene, then turned himself in to police.*
The pedestrian hit and run accident occurred the evening of November 3 in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin. A group of Girl Scouts were picking up litter on the sides of a road about 95 miles from Minneapolis. A black Ford F-150 crossed over a lane of travel and veered off the roadway. The truck then traveled into the ditch where the group was working and struck four of the Girl Scouts and one woman. The driver of the truck then sped away from the scene.
The woman and three of the girls died from their injuries. The fourth girl was transported to a nearby hospital and is said to be in critical condition. None of the victims has been identified at this time. The girls were reportedly fourth-graders and members of Girl Scout Troop 3055 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
Police say after initially leaving the scene, the driver of the pickup turned himself in. He has now been identified as 21-year-old Colten Treu, of Chippewa Falls. He has been charged with four counts of homicide in connection with the crash. Police did not provide any information about what caused the driver to veer off the road.
Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo said the following in a statement: “Our hearts are broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. The Girl Scout Movement everywhere stands with our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this terrible tragedy.”
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