Man pleads not guilty in crash that killed 3 Girl Scouts, woman

May 24, 2019 06:51 PM

The man accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed three Girl Scouts and a mother who were collecting trash along a highway in northern Wisconsin pleaded not guilty on Friday afternoon.

Colten Treu is charged with 10 felonies – including four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and four counts of hit-and-run.


Prosecutors say Treu and his passenger were huffing a can of air duster when the truck went off the road and hit the Girl Scouts troop as they picked up roadside littler. Nine-year-old Jayna Kelley, 10-year-old Autumn Helgeson, 10-year-old Haylee Hickle and her mother, 32-year-old Sara Jo Schneider were all killed. 

Police said Treu then drove home and went out to a party before eventually turning himself in.

If convicted, he faces more than 280 years in prison.

ABC affiliate WQOW reports Treu's attorney wanted his trial moved to a different county because they believe the media coverage has affected his ability to get a fair trial.

His trial is scheduled for January in Chippewa County Court.

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