Driver, 21 who was HUFFING when he hit and killed three girl scouts and a parent hit with 11 indictments
Wisconsin attorneys have filed assassinations against a man who reportedly inhaled chemical fumes before striking his truck against a group of girl scouts, killing three children and one adult.
Colten Treu, 21, had filed 11 charges against him on Tuesday that resulted in four counts of vehicular homicide and four counts of a hit-and-run with death. The punishment for that charge alone is up to 160 years in prison.
The Saturday crash killed 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, both from Lake Hallie, and 10-year-old Haylee Hickle and her mother, the 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, from the City of Lafayette.
Colten Treu, 21, had filed 11 indictments against him on Tuesday which included four counts of vehicular homicide and four counts of a hit-and-run resulting in death
Jayna Kelley, nine, was one of the scouts who died during the crash. & # 39; There was no warning. It was fast. It was from behind. No one can turn around, "said Robin Kelley, the girl's mother and the gang leader
& # 39; There was no warning. It was fast. It was from behind. No one can turn around, "said Robin Kelley, the troop leader and mother of Jayna, against CBS News.
She and her daughter posed for a photo just before the accident.
& # 39; All girls, they are family. They were Jayna's best friends, "Kelley added.
Her husband, Brian, added: & # 39; You want to get angry about it, and you feel guilty about it, but you can not. It was just something that was beyond our control. & # 39;
Treu confessed to the police that he had thrown chemicals to become high just before the crash, according to the authorities.
Treu crossed lanes and drove from a straight road into the moat where his black Ford pickup hit the girls and Schneider.
Ten year old Autumn Helgeson was one of the three Girl Scouts who were tragically killed on Saturday morning while picking up trash at the side of the road in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin
Ten-year-old Haylee Hickle (left) and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Schneider (right), a guard from the city of Lafayette, were also tragically killed in the gruesome crash
Treu rushed off the stage, but later turned to the police.
His passenger also reported and both admitted that they had deliberately inhaled chemicals to high & # 39; just before & # 39; to get the crash, the police said.
Another 10-year-old who was hit in the crash is hospitalized in a stable condition. Her name has not been released.
The fourth graders from the Chippewa Falls School District collected trash along County Highway P when they were hit.
The victims were among seven children and five adults working in the ditches along the road. Pictured is Haylee Hickle
Mourners at the school held a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the girls. Pictured: Haylee Hickle
Tire tracks marked with spray paint lead to where a vehicle hit the three girls and the adult
On Sunday evening, mourners at the primary school in Halmstad held a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the girls.
The victims were among seven children and five adults working in the ditches along the road.
"Our heart is broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes", said CEO Sylvia Acevedo of Girl Scouts of the US in a statement Sunday.
& # 39; The Girl Scout movement is everywhere with our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to mourn and comfort you after this terrible tragedy. & # 39;
The police of Lake Hallie, Sgt Daniel Sokup, said the pickup, a black Ford F-150, crossed a lane and landed in a ditch along the side of the road, killing the victims. Medical staff is shown on the spot
Girl scouts sing as hundreds of members of the community turn out to be in the rain on Sunday evening for a candlelit vigil at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Sherri Jasper, a Girl Scout board member and counselor at the Halmstad Elementary School, leads the program for a candlelit vigil at the school
Girl Scout Jessica Lauterbach, 12, from Altoona, Wisconsin, attends the wake on Sunday evening
A relative of Sara Schneider looks at the path he thought the truck had taken when it broke off Wisconsin County Highway
Counselors, faith leaders and educated school staff would be available at the two primary schools at least Monday, according to Chippewa Falls School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos.
"This is a difficult time for our students, families and staff", Eliopoulos said in a message to the parents.
& # 39; We will provide ongoing support for both student (s) and staff and families for as long as necessary. & # 39;
Teddy bears, balloons and candles sat on two wooden benches for primary school in Halmstad on Sunday, while dozens of families met with faith leaders and counselors.
Families did the same at Southview Elementary School, the other school in Chippewa Falls where the girls were, reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
& # 39; It was very nice. There have been many people – it was a very supportive environment, "said Michelle Golden, director of human resources at the school district.
Teddy bears, flowers and candles were placed on benches outside the Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls as a memorial for the three Girl Scouts and the parent
Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup said the pickup truck, a black Ford F-150, crossed a lane and ended up in a ditch along the roadside, killing the victims.
Other members of the mess collected rubbish from the other shoulder. They all wore bright green safety clothing.
The Star Tribune reported that the crash took place before a hill and that there were no blind spots, and Sokup said it is not an unsafe area & # 39; used to be.
But Cecily Spallees, a personal nurse in a group house at the site of the crash, told the newspaper that drivers regularly race on that stretch of road, which quickly changes from a 55 mph to a 35 mph zone.
I always say to one of my residents that he is this strip & # 39; does not have to walk overnight, "Spallees said. It is not safe. & # 39;