Colten Treu, 21, has been identified as is the driver that struck and killed three Girl Scouts and an adult woman in Chippewa County, Wisconsin, on Saturday, November 3.
Following his arrest, Treu was held on in jail on suspicion of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and homicide by negligent use of a vehicle. Additionally, police say that Treu admitted that he and the passenger were intentionally inhaling chemical vapors, known as “huffing,” before the accident.
In addition to the four people senselessly killed by Treu, a fourth young Girl Scout remained in the hospital in critical condition.
This was not Treu’s first arrest, as he has previously been charged with operating with a prohibited blood alcohol content.
Two of the students who were killed attended Halmstead Elementary School, while the third student attended Southview Elementary School, Eliopolous said, adding that the adult supervisor who was killed was the mother of the Southview student.
The girls were picking up garbage at 11:41 a.m. on Saturday near the village of Lake Hallie, about 95 miles east of Minneapolis, Minnesota, when a Ford F-150 pickup truck allegedly driven by Treu veered off a roadway and into the ditch, striking the four girls and an adult who was overseeing their volunteer work, said Sgt. Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department.
Treu allegedly left the scene after hitting the group, Sokup said. Treu surrendered to police Saturday night and was placed under arrest, Sokup said. It was not immediately clear whether Treu had retained an attorney.
Treu, who graduated from the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District, first appeared in court on Monday, November 3. His bond set at $250,000.
21-year-old Colten Treu killed four people — including three young Girl Scouts — in Wisconsin on Saturday, November 3.
The group of Girl Scouts was picking up garbage around 11:41 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, when Treu’s black Ford F-150 pickup truck crossed over a lane and into the ditch, striking four girls and an adult who was overseeing their volunteer work. Three of the Girl Scouts and the adult woman were killed.