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Man Was 'Huffing' Just Before Crash That Killed 3 Girl Scouts and Adult

Man Was 'Huffing' Just Before Crash That Killed 3 Girl Scouts and Adult

This traffic crash resulted in the death of 4 members of a Girl Scout Troop.

However, Wisconsin law requires that first-degree homicide charges initially be brought in adult court if the accused is age 10 or older. The speed limit at this location is 45mph and the roadway is straight with no obstructions. 29 overpass in Lake Hallie.

Police had already identified him as the suspect; an officer tracked vehicle fluid from Treu's auto less than 2 miles north into Chippewa Falls city limits.

The City of Chippewa Falls Police secured the home and garage while Sheriff's Deputies obtained a warrant.

Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said after hitting the group, Treu then drove home to hide his truck in a garage before going to a party with friends, according to WQOW.

The Lake Hallie Police Department says the four people killed are 9-year-old Jayna Kelley of Lake Hallie, 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, also of Lake Hallie, and 10-year-old Halee Hickle and her mother Sara Jo Schneider of Lafayette. Another 10-year-old remains in the hospital in critical condition.

The victims were picking up trash in the ditches of County Highway P when they were struck Saturday about 11:30 a.m. Police have arrested 21-year-old Colten Treu, of Chippewa Falls.

A passenger with Treu also has turned himself into the Eau Claire Police Department. Both subjects gave statements to police which included that they had been intentionally inhaling chemical vapors which is commonly called "Huffing", just prior to the accident.

Treu remains at the county jail on $250,000 bail, reports CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan.

Treu was speeding in his pickup when it veered off the road and into a shallow ditch where some of the fourth-graders and the mother were collecting litter as part of a larger Adopt-A-Highway group walking along both sides of the road, according to police and witnesses. This is a frightful reminder of our nations epidemic of self-indulging with substance abuse without regard of the consequences. Words can not describe our Lake Hallie community's sorrow for the witnesses, victims, and their families. This senseless crash was completely avoidable.

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