Cops: Driver in Girl Scouts Crash Was 'Huffing'

Colton Treu told police he was inhaling chemical vapors before crash that killed 4
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2018 7:35 AM CST
Updated Nov 5, 2018 1:01 PM CST
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A Girl Scout board member and counselor at Halmstad Elementary School leads the program for a candlelight vigil in Chippewa Falls, Wis., on Sunday.   (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)
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(Newser) – Police think they know why the driver of a pickup veered off the road Saturday morning and struck a group of Girl Scouts with fatal consequences: Authorities in Wisconsin's Chippewa County say Colton Treu, 21, admitted that he was huffing—or inhaling chemical vapors—shortly before the crash that left three Girl Scouts and an adult chaperone dead, reports NBC News. Treu appeared in court Monday via video and had his bond set at $250,000. He faces 13 charges, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Details and developments:

  • Mother and daughter: The victims were identified Monday as Jayna S. Kelley, 9; Autumn A. Helgeson, 10; Haylee J. Hickle, 10, and her mother, Sara Jo Schneider, 32. A fourth girl, unidentified, remains in critical condition, reports the AP. All the girls were fourth-graders.
  • A passenger: Police say Treu had a passenger in the Ford F-150 with him at the time of crash: an unidentified man who later turned himself in. Both of the men admitted to huffing before the crash, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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