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Hit-And-Run Crash Kills 3 Girl Scouts, 1 Adult

Girl Scouts: We invite Girl Scouts everywhere to join the council in honoring the lives of the deceased by lighting a candle, observing a moment of silence, or engaging in other meaningful rituals at 6:00 p.m. CT today, Sunday November 4th, 2018.

The Huffington Post reports:  'Four victims were fatally struck when a pickup truck veered off the road while they were picking up litter. A pickup truck  left the roadway in western Wisconsin Saturday morning and hit a group of Girl Scouts picking up trash in a ditch, leaving three girls and one adult dead and critically injuring a fourth girl, police said. 

Sgt. Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department said the driver of the black Ford F-150 pickup truck fled the scene but later turned himself in.  He's been i.d. as Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa, Falls, Wisconsin who will be charged with four counts of homicide. 

“The area is not an unsafe area,” he said. Sokup said it was not immediately known if there were other factors that might have led the driver to leave the road.

Officers say the crash happened before a hill and there were no blind spots.

The girls were in the fourth grade at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune quoted a relative of a girl in the troop who was not injured as saying. The Girl Scouts were all wearing bright safety vests and were accompanied by several adults. 

Two of the girls and the woman were pronounced dead at the scene. A third Girl Scout was transported to a hospital where she later died, Sokup said. The fourth girl was transported to a hospital in critical condition. The names of the dead were not immediately released.'

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes is inviting anyone who would like to send a card to send it to their Eau Claire Service Center: Girl Scouts Northwestern Great Lakes, 4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 

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