WI Driver Who Killed Three Girl Scouts Had Been Huffing Chemical Vapors
LAKE HALLIE, WI. – November 5, 2018 - driver who struck and killed a woman and three Girl Scouts on a Wisconsin road had been huffing chemical vapors prior to the crash, according to an online news report from katu.com.*
The 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. The woman has been identified as 32-year-old Sara Jo Schneider, of Lafayette, Wisconsin. She was the mother of one of the girls who died. The girls were reportedly fourth-graders at Halmstad Elementary School and Southview Elementary School and were members of Girl Scout Troop 3055 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Their names have been released but withheld from this story for privacy reasons.
Police say after initially leaving the scene, the driver of the pickup, 21-year-old Colten Treu, of Chippewa Falls, turned himself in. He is being held in the Chippewa County Jail on 13 possible charges, including four counts of intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Police learned during their preliminary investigation that Treu and a passenger in the pickup with him had been intentionally inhaling chemical vapors before the crash.
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.”