Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Driver was huffing before crash that killed Girl Scouts and mom

Driver was huffing before crash that killed Girl Scouts and mom

The girls were fourth-graders and members of Troop 3055 in nearby Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Minneapolis.

The driver of a black Ford F-150 "crossed over a lane of traffic and into the ditch, striking the Girl Scout troop", Sgt. Dan Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department told CNN affiliate WEAU.

Another girl was injured and is in critical condition, the Lake Hallie Police Department said.

The vehicle then lurched back onto the road and sped off, according to police, leaving behind a scene of horror. One girl died later at a hospital.

As a western Wisconsin community grieves the deaths of three Girl Scouts and a parent who were struck by a pickup truck, authorities still haven't released the names of the victims or a fourth girl who survived.

It's understood the children had adopted the country road and had performed the community service before. A 21-year-old man from Chippewa Falls later turned himself in to authorities in connection with the crash, Lake Hallie police reported.

Teddy bears, flowers, and candles were placed on benches outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wis.as a memorial to the three Girl Scouts who were struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene, November 4, 2018.

"I have one son here that's in Scouts and he's wearing his Scout uniform to help represent the scouting community", Schafer said.

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"Our hearts are broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes", Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S., said in a statement Sunday. His passenger in the vehicle also turned himself in.

Chippewa Falls Area School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos sent a message to parents saying counselors, faith leaders and trained school staff would be available Monday at the two elementary schools. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Lake Hallie Police Department.

The head of Girl Scouts of the United States of America says "our hearts are broken" after three Girl Scouts and an adult were struck and killed in what authorities say was a hit-and-run crash along a rural Wisconsin highway.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes said the crash was a "tragic loss in our Girl Scout sisterhood" in a Facebook post. The two-ton pickup slammed into the Scouts, visiting tragedy on the town of 14,000 before speeding off.

A fifth Girl Scout, a 10-year-old girl, remains hospitalized, but is in stable condition, according to police. Sergeant Dan Sokup says one victim was air lifted to the hospital and one victim was taken by ambulance.

"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 US said in a statement Sunday. Emergency helicopters were also flown in to assist.

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