CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. – The driver accused in the hit-and-run deaths of three Wisconsin Girl Scouts and one among their mothers is predicted to be formally charged Tuesday morning. Colten Treu, 21, faces a number of counts of murder. The women have been accumulating trash subsequent to a rural freeway over the weekend when a pick-up truck hit them.
Treu stays at the county jail on $250,000 bail, stories CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan. The mother of one of many women killed stated she was standing close to her daughter when the truck got here crashing towards them.
“There was no warning. It was fast. It was from behind. Nobody might flip round,” mom and troop leader Robin Kelley stated. She stated this photograph was taken shortly before the crash that took the lifetime of her 9-yr-previous daughter, Jayna.
“All the women, they’re household. They have been Jayna’s closest pals,” Kelley stated.
Jayna was the youngest of three women killed Saturday. Officers recognized the opposite victims as Autumn Helgeson and Haylee Hickle, each 10, and Haylee’s mother, Sara Jo Schneider. One other 10-yr-previous, identified by her mother’s Fb account as Madalyn Zwiefelhofer, remains hospitalized in secure situation. They have been choosing up litter off a western Wisconsin freeway Saturday morning once they have been hit by the truck.
Treu appeared in courtroom by way of closed-circuit television Monday. Police say he and his passenger, who can also be in custody, stated they’d been “huffing” or inhaling vapors from an aerosol cleaner before the crash, one thing prosecutors had argued in courtroom.
“The driving force seemed to be considerably out of it,” the district lawyer stated.
Authorities say Treu’s black pickup truck was traveling northbound on a two-lane street when the car crossed over the middle line and veered into the ditch hitting the Woman Scout troop.
Police say the troop members have been sporting highly seen safety vests. In a press release, the Woman Scouts of the USA stated, “Our hearts are broken for the women and households.”
“You need to get mad about it, and you are feeling guilty about it, however you possibly can’t. It was just one thing that was out of our control,” stated Jayna’s father, Brian Kelley.
Treu faces four counts of murder by intoxicated use of a car. He additionally faces a number of fees for fleeing the scene. He surrendered to authorities Saturday. Police say in 2014, he was convicted of drunk driving.