UPDATE: The driver accused of killing three Girl Scouts and a mother is being held on bond. Twenty-one year-old Colten Treu faces charges of vehicular homicide in the deaths of 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, and 10-year-old Haylee Hickle and her mom, 32-year-old Sara Jo Schneider.
Treu, who allegedly told Lake Hallie police that he and a passenger were “huffing” before he struck the Girl Scouts with his truck, is being held on $250,000 bond. The Girl Scout troop was picking up trash along a road on Saturday. A fourth girl is in stable condition at a Minnesota hospital.
UPDATE: Police say driver of a truck which plowed into a Girl Scout troop in Chippewa County over the weekend was “huffing.” Killed on Saturday, 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, and 10-year-old Haylee Hickle and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider. A fourth Girl Scout is in critical condition.
The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports that Lake Hallie police said 21-year-old Colton Treu and a passenger told investigators that they were inhaling chemical vapors before striking the Scout Troop as they picked up trash along a road.
Treu was being held in the Chippewa County Jail on 13 possible charges, including four counts of intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Jensen said Treu was expected to appear for a bond hearing at 10:00 a.m. Monday.
A driver who struck a group of Girl Scouts in Chippewa County, killing three of them and an adult woman, will face four homicide charges. He’s identified as 21-year-old Colton Treu of Chippewa Falls.
Lake Hallie Police Sergeant Dan Sokup said the girls were picking up roadside trash, just before noon on Saturday, when they were struck by a pickup truck that crossed the center line.
Treu left the scene but later turned himself in. A fourth girl remained in critical condition as of Sunday. The three girls killed attended elementary school in Chippewa Falls.