A pickup truck lurched off a road in western Wisconsin Saturday and hit a group of Girl Scouts picking up trash in a ditch, leaving three girls and one adult dead and critically injuring a fourth girl, police say.
The driver of the black Ford F-150 pickup truck fled the scene but later turned himself in, Sgt Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department said.
He was identified as Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
The crash happened late Saturday morning as the girls were picking up litter in a ditch in Lake Hallie, a town about 95 miles east of Minneapolis.
The girls – fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls – were all wearing bright safety vests and were accompanied by several adults.
Three Girl Scouts and one adult have been killed after a driver veered off the road in western Wisconsin and struck them before fleeing. Medical personnel are pictured at the scene
Two of the girls and the woman were pronounced dead at the scene. A third Girl Scout was transported to a hospital where she later died, Sokup said.
The fourth girl was transported to a hospital in critical condition. The names of the dead were not immediately released.
Sokup said Treu will be charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle. Sokup said the crash happened before a hill and there were no blind spots.
‘The area is not an unsafe area,’ he said. Sokup said it was not immediately known if there were other factors that might have led the driver to leave the road.