The town of Lake Hallie, Wisconsin is mourning this week after a fatal hit-and-run took the lives of three local Girl Scouts and their adult leader, and left one other in critical condition.
The Girl Scout troop was collecting trash on the side of a Wisconsin highway Sunday when suspected hit-and-run driver, Colten Treu veered off the road, plowing into the group of fourth graders and their leader.
According to Lake Hallie officials, Treu fled the scene but turned himself in several hours later.
Two of the girls and the adult were killed immediately at the scene. Two others were rushed to the hospital where one died and the other was left in critical condition.
Sgt. Daniel Sokup, of the Lake Hallie Police Department, said that the location where the girls were picking up trash wasn’t “an unsafe area” and there weren’t any blind spots. They were wearing bright-colored safety vests and accompanied by several adults. That’s when the pickup truck hit them and fled the scene.
The Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes posted the heartbreaking news on their Facebook page, and assured there would be updates in the coming weeks on how to help the families impacted by this horrific tragedy.
*Edited* It is with profound sadness that we share the news of a tragic loss in our Girl Scout sisterhood. On Saturday,…
“It is with profound sadness that we share the news of a tragic loss in our Girl Scout sisterhood,” the post read. “Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes asks that you please keep the Nokomis Service Area volunteers and families in your thoughts and prayers as they grapple with this senseless loss.”
They also shared an address in which cards can be mailed in show of support to the families.
A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night at Halmstad Elementary School. Hundreds of Girl Scouts showed up in support.
This comes just one week after three siblings were killed in Indiana while boarding a school bus. A negligent driver blatantly ignored traffic laws and failed to stop behind a parked school bus with its emergency lights flashing and its stop sign arm out.
Continued reports of these tragic deaths are so heartbreaking. Yet it’s so important that we share them in hopes that it will prompt others to be cautious behind the wheel.
Lifting up these families and their communities in prayer today as they fight through the insurmountable pain of these tragedies.