Girl Scouts and adult picking up highway trash killed in alleged hit-and-run

Frederick Owens
November 5, 2018

Three girls and a woman were killed Saturday morning when a truck driven by a Wisconsin man struck them as their Girl Scout troop was picking up trash along a roadway. "Girl Scouts everywhere stand with you during this hard time". A fourth girl suffered critical injuries and is still being treated in the hospital.

The crash happened late Saturday morning as the girls were picking up litter in a ditch in Lake Hallie, a village about 95 miles (153 kilometers) east of Minneapolis.

"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.

The 21-year-old Treu graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 2014.

Sherri Jasper, a Girl Scout board member and counselor at Halmstad Elementary School, leads the program for a candlelight vigil at the school in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Sunday evening, November 4, 2018. Several Girl Scouts sang songs in honor of the victims.

The community is gathering to remember four lives taken suddenly in a hit-and-run crash. Many in the crowd held candles and umbrellas in the light rain.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that teddy bears, balloons and candles sat on two wooden benches in front of Halmstad Elementary on Sunday afternoon.

"It's been very nice".

More news: United Kingdom manufacturing orders fall for first time since July 2016

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos spoke during Sunday's news conference.

"This is a hard time for our students, families and staff", Eliopoulos said in a message to parents.

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.

Golden added the district and school crisis teams assembled support networks for students, staff and families.

"The area is not an unsafe area", he said.

But Cecily Spallees, a personal care attendant at a group home near the crash site, told the newspaper that drivers regularly speed on that stretch of road, which quickly changes from a 55-mph to a 35-mph zone.

It wasn't clear whether Treu somehow got distracted, Sokup said.

"It's just devastating. It hits me especially hard since I have two children of my own", Chippewa Falls resident Jill Schafer said.

Other reports by LeisureTravelAid

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER