Wisconsin community mourns deaths of 3 Girl Scouts, 1 parent

Schafer was one of hundreds who gathered for a vigil outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls to pray for the vitcims. Girl Scouts sang songs in memory of the victims, who were members of Troop 3055.

The children had been litter picking in a ditch near Lake Hallie, a town about 95 miles east of Minneapolis when the truck crossed over a lane and into the ditch, hitting the group.

After turning himself in to police, Treu admitted to police that he and the passenger in his vehicle had intentionally inhaled chemicals, which is commonly referred to as "huffing", just prior to the incident.

Authorities are set to release the names of the girls and the woman who died on Monday.

Counselors, psychologists, therapy dogs and faith leaders will again be at the two elementary schools where the victims were students. They also were on site Sunday.

In a message to parents, Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos said: "This is a hard time for our students, families and staff".

Sherri Jasper, a Girl Scout board member and counselor at Halmstad Elementary School, leads the program for a candlelight vigil at the school in Chippewa Falls, Wis., on Sunday evening.

A fourth girl struck by the pickup was in critical condition Saturday evening.

Authorities have not released the names of the girls or the woman who were struck by the truck on November 3 in Lake Hallie, or the name of a fourth girl who survived but was in critical condition at a Minnesota hospital. A fourth girl survived but was in critical condition Saturday night at a Minnesota hospital.

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A 21-year-old driver accused of killing three Girl Scouts and a mother in northwestern Wisconsin is being held on $250,000 bond while he faces charges of vehicular homicide.

Acevedo says Girl Scouts everywhere stand with "our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this bad tragedy".

Colten Treu, 21, fled after hitting the group near Lake Hallie on Saturday morning, but he later surrendered.

Golden added the district and school crisis teams assembled support networks for students, staff and families.

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

An adult woman was also killed in the crash, which occurred around 11:41 a.m. on County Highway P in Lake Hallie, a village northeast of Eau Claire.

WEAU 13 News plans to bring you that news conference live on air, on our website, and on our Facebook page. Killed in the crash was Andrew McMorris, 12, a seventh-grader who had just started taking flying lessons and hoped to one day earn his Eagle Scout badge.

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

Two of them and the adult died at the scene, while the third girl died in hospital.

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