Driver in Wisconsin Crash that Killed 3 Girl Scouts, 1 Parent to Appear in Court

November 06, 2018 06:45 AM

The driver suspected of huffing before hitting and killing three Girl Scouts and a mother in Wisconsin is expected to be charged in court Tuesday.

On Monday, 21-year-old Colten Treu was being held on $250,000 bond while he faces charges of vehicular homicide.


The victims were picking up trash in a ditch in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin, when the crash happened Saturday.

A fourth girl is in critical condition in Rochester.

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Family and friends said the children shared a special connection and formed a bond as Girl Scouts.

The community is now calling the incident a tragic and senseless act.

Sara Schneider and her daughter, Haylee Hickle, were killed over the weekend along with Jayna Kelley and Autumn Helgeson.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke with Judy Schneider, who lost her daughter and granddaughter.

"They needed to be together," she said. "It's our loss. We are hit double, but it needed to be that way. I think God knew that."

There's now a makeshift memorial outside of the victims' elementary school in Chippewa Falls. The school has made counselors available for students, to help them cope.

"I feel so bad for the little girls that had to be here for this," Judy Schneider said. "I'll have my memories but they will have their nightmares."

Authorities said Treu left the scene after the crash but later turned himself in.

According to the district attorney, Treu and a friend bought an air duster and were huffing in the car.

Treu could face up to 13 criminal charges.

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