Driver was huffing before crash that killed 4

3 Girl Scouts 1 Adult Killed in Hit-and Run Crash

3 Girl Scouts 1 Adult Killed in Hit-and Run Crash

"This is a disgusting reminder of our nations epidemic of self-indulging with substance abuse without regard of the consequences", Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal D. Smokowicz said in a statement Monday.

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.

Police said on Monday he had been inhaling cleaning fluid before the crash.

"Truly, as a community, this affects everyone one of us".

The driver, 21-year-old Colten Treu, later surrendered to authorities after police launched a search for the vehicle.

A relative of one of the uninjured girls told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the children were area Girl Scouts in the fourth grade at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls.

Hundreds of community members gathered in 40-degree weather Sunday evening for a vigil outside Halmstad Elementary School, where some of the girls were students.

Eliopoulos says it's a "difficult time for our students, families and staff", and that the district will provide support "for as long as needed".

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Lake Hallie police said Monday that the deceased were: 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, both of Lake Hallie, and 10-year-old Haylee Hickle and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, from the Town of Lafayette. "There's been a lot of people - it's been a very supportive environment", said Michelle Golden, human resources director for Chippewa Falls School District.

The vehicle then lurched back onto the road and sped off, according to police, leaving behind a scene of horror. They were picking up trash along the highway when they were cut down.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Treu was involved in an accident earlier this year in Rusk County.

Two other scouts were injured in the crash - one was airlifted to a hospital and is in critical condition. Sergeant Dan Sokup says one victim was air lifted to the hospital and one victim was taken by ambulance. The vehicle of interest is believed to be a black or dark grey Ford F-150 '04-'06 with heavy front end damage and missing both side view mirrors. Crash occurred at 11:41am.

Tire tracks marked with spray paint lead to where a vehicle struck three Girl Scouts and an an adult chaperone, November 4, 2018, in Lake Hallie, Wis.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Chippewa County Communications Center.

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