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Driver likely intoxicated in crash that killed 4

Driver likely intoxicated in crash that killed 4

A small community in the USA state of Wisconsin is in mourning after three Girl Scouts and an adult volunteer were killed in a hit-and-run while picking up litter along a rural road on Saturday.

Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup says the pickup crossed a lane and veered into a roadside ditch, striking the victims, including a girl who survived but remained in critical condition Saturday night.

Police said 21-year-old Colten Treu was driving a pick-up truck that left the road and hit the troop. He's expected to face 13 possible charges, including four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, sheriff officials told the Star Tribune.

- Authorities say the driver accused in a deadly hit-and-run crash with a Girl Scout troop that was picking up trash on the side of the road near Eau Claire, Wisconsin Saturday was allegedly "huffing" chemicals prior to the crash.

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. They were all wearing bright green safety clothing. The driver, Colten Treu, sped away, but later surrendered to authorities.

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Two other girls were taken to hospital with critical injuries; however, doctors could not save one of the girls, who died several hours later.

One vigil, outside the Halmstad Elementary School which some of the girls attended, saw hundreds of mourners gather in near freezing rain to pay their respects to the victims. Sokup said it wasn't "an unsafe area".

Some of the girls sang songs in memory of their friends.

A western Wisconsin school district is making counselors available for students following the deaths three Girl Scouts and a parent who were killed in a hit-and-run crash along a rural road.

"The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved", Sokup said.

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"Our hearts are broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes", CEO Sylvia Acevedo of Girl Scouts of the United States of America said in a statement on Sunday, as vigils were held in the girls' community.

The incident is still under investigation by the Lake Hallie Police Department.

The victims were picking up trash in the ditches of County Highway P when they were struck. The two-ton pickup slammed into the Scouts, visiting tragedy on the town of 14,000 before speeding off.

Four scouts and one volunteer were killed in the crash. The vehicle of interest 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.

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