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.
Sokup says the 21-year-old driver, Colten Treu of Chippewa Falls, sped off but later surrendered and will be charged with four counts of homicide.
It is expected the 21-year-old will be charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle.
Teddy bears, flowers, and candles were placed on benches outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wis.as a memorial to the three Girl Scouts who were struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene, November 4, 2018.
The children were all fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School and Southview Elementary School in nearby Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145 kilometres) east of Minneapolis. One girl survived and was in critical condition Saturday night.
Two small groups of Girl Scouts and their adult chaperones wore bright green safety vests Saturday as they walked along both sides of County Highway P, which they had adopted as a community service project.
According to police, the driver was huffing when the crash happened; it's when someone intentionally inhales chemical vapors.
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Eliopoulos says it's a "difficult time for our students, families and staff", and that the district will provide support "for as long as needed".
Police say a pickup truck veered off the road into a ditch and struck them. Treu sped away from the scene, but later turned himself in. Two other children were injured.
The head of Girl Scouts of the US says "our hearts are broken" after three Girl Scouts and an adult were struck and killed in what authorities say was a hit-and-run crash along a rural Wisconsin highway.
Hundreds of community members gathered in 40-degree weather Sunday evening for a vigil outside Halmstad Elementary School, where some of the girls were students.
Officials say two area Girl Scouts and one adult are dead.
"The area is not an unsafe area", he said. His passenger in the vehicle also turned himself in. The other was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
"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. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Lake Hallie Police Department. Crash occurred at 11:41am. Striking vehicle is believed to be a black or dark grey Ford F-150 '04-'06 with heavy front end damage and missing both side view mirrors. Emergency helicopters were also flown in to assist.