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Bond issued in fatal hit-and-run crash in Lake Hallie

06 November 2018

It's been a long weekend for the community of Chippewa Falls after 3 Girl Scouts and one mother were killed in a hit-and-run Saturday morning.

Schneider's mother, Judy Schneider, said her daughter and granddaughter's deaths are "still not real for any of us", and her 6-year-old grandson, Jasper, can't grasp what happened. One additional injured girl (age 10) is still hospitalized and is reported to be in stable condition at this time.

Treu, 21, was to appear in Chippewa County Court Monday, Oct. 5.

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The Girl Scout troop was picking up trash along a county highway Saturday morning when a driver veered out of his lane, crossed over the center line and ultimately drove into a ditch, said Lake Hallie police.

The station also spoke with Pastor Jim Woldhuis, who presides over the Chippewa Valley Bible Church where Hickle and her mother attended. 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.

The children were all fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School and Southview Elementary School in nearby Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Minneapolis. Ten-year-old Haylee Hickle and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, from the Town of Lafayette, were also killed.

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The girl is then said to have panicked and stamped on the infant's head in a bid to get him to stop crying, but killed the baby by doing so. He is jailed on 13 possible charges, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. His bond hearing is scheduled for Monday. Authorities said Treu sped off after the collision, but surrendered hours later.

CNN has been unable to reach Treu, who does not yet have an attorney.

Hundreds of community members held a candlelight vigil on late on November 4 outside Halmstad Elementary, the school the victims had attended.

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As a western Wisconsin community grieves the deaths of three Girl Scouts and a parent who were struck by a pickup truck, authorities still haven't released the names of the victims or a fourth girl who survived. Girl Scouts sang songs in memory of the victims, who were members of Troop 3055. Sokup says he will be charged with four homicide counts.

Bond issued in fatal hit-and-run crash in Lake Hallie