Hundreds gather for vigil for Girl Scouts, parent killed in Wisconsin crash

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Jayna Kelley, 9; Autum Helgeson, 10; Haylee Hickle, 10, and her mother, Sara Jo Schneider, 32, were all killed when they were hit by a auto while picking up trash along a Wisconsin county highway shortly before noon Saturday, said Lake Hallie police.

The girls were members of Troop 3055 in nearby Chippewa Falls. "The Girl Scout Movement everywhere stands with our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this bad tragedy".

Two other scouts were injured in the crash - one was airlifted to a hospital and is in critical condition.

The driver was identified as 21-year-old Colten Treu.

The victims were struck Saturday morning while picking up trash along a rural road in Lake Hallie, 90 miles east of Minneapolis and just south of Chippewa Falls, where the girls were fourth-graders at Halmstad and Southview elementary schools.

Two girls and a chaperone were killed on the roadside, according to the Lake Hallie Police Department, which is investigating.

Hundreds of community members huddled under umbrellas in the biting rain Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil outside Halmstad Elementary.

In Wisconsin, the school, the community of Scouts and most of Chippewa were preparing to attend a memorial at 6 p.m. Sunday at the elementary school the three girls who were killed attended.

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He will be charged with four counts of homicide, Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup said.

Sokup said it wasn't immediately clear what led Treu, of Chippewa Falls, to leave the road, and he described the crash site as "not an unsafe area". A surviving Scout was in critical condition. He was jailed Sunday and charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle.

He was also found with methamphetamines, cannabis and other controlled substances when he was arrested, police say.

It was the third tragedy in the greater community of Scouts in less than five months.

The driver fled the area, but later turned himself in.

"The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved", police said in a statement.

This is an ongoing investigation.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE NEEDED - Lake Hallie PD is investigating a hit and run involving multiple victims on County P at the 29 overpass near Weber field. Crash occurred at 11:41am. Striking vehicle 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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