Hundreds of community members gathered outside an elementary school in Wisconsin to remember three Girl Scouts and a parent who were killed in a hit-and-run crash. The two children were Girl Scouts from the area and local media is reporting that two other children were injured.
Police say a pickup truck veered off the road into a ditch and struck them. Two other scouts were injured. Sokup says he will be charged with four homicide counts. Three juvenile females and one adult female died from a result of the crash. The other was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
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.
Investigators said Treu sped away from the scene, but later turned himself in.
The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved.
Pastor Jim Woldhuis says the mother and daughter who died attended Chippewa Valley Bible Church, where he presides.
A fourth girl struck by the pickup was in critical condition Saturday evening. Ten-year-old Haylee Hickle and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, from the Town of Lafayette, were also killed.
Two small groups of Girl Scouts, aged around nine and 10, were collecting rubbish on both sides of a country road north of the Chippewa County village of Lake Hallie, along with two adult supervisors.
The organization says cards may be sent to the Eau Claire Service Center at 4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau Claire, WI 54701.
"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 U.S. said in a statement Sunday. No words can ease the pain of a tragedy of this magnitude. "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". A third Girl Scout was transported to a hospital where she later died, Sokup said.
Jasper said this tragedy comes as a shock to many, especially to fellow Girl Scouts.
"I have one son here that's in scouts and he's wearing his scout uniform to help represent the scouting community", Schafer said. "These girls were out there trying to do some good and this is what happened".
Teddy bears, balloons and candles sat on two wooden benches in front of Halmstad Elementary School on November 4 while dozens of families met inside with faith leaders and counselors.