A Girl Scout troop was picking up trash along a roadway when a Ford F-150 pickup driven by a Wisconsin man struck them Saturday morning.
Three girls and a woman were killed. Another girl was injured and is in critical condition. It was not clear why the vehicle veered off the road. The girls were fourth-graders at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls. They were all wearing bright safety vests and were accompanied by several adults at the time of the crash.The driver, Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls, fled but turned himself in later. He will be charged with four counts of homicide through negligent use of a vehicle.The incident occurred about 5 miles from Lake Hallie, a village in western Wisconsin with about 6,700 residents, 95 miles east of Minneapolis.
The Chippewa Falls Police Department expressed its condolences to the victims' families and fellow scouts, describing the events as a "truly horrific incident." As Girl Scout says on their official website (girlscouts.org) „Girl Scouts is a safe place where girls can explore, discover, and just be themselves; from adventuring outdoors or experimenting with science to saving a park or developing new skills, Girl Scouting prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership.” It's too bad that a such horrible accident occurred.