Driver charged in deadly crash with Girl Scout troop

Minnie Murray
November 7, 2018

Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said the incident was reported at 4:34 p.m. October 30 of a 6-month-old who was bleeding from his head and unresponsive.

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

The victims were among seven children and five adults who were working in the ditches along the roadway.

Haylee Hickle's grandmother Judy Schneider said the child dreamed of being an animator and shared a love of crafts with her mother.

Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said that he then hit his head on a footstool and started crying so she panicked and started stamping on his head.

The underaged suspect (identity withheld) was ordered to be held on a $50,000 cash bond (about P2.6 million) during a hearing in Chippewa County Circuit Court on Monday, Nov. 5, as reported by the Star Tribune on the same day.

Treu said he did not pass out, but he did lose controlling of the vehicle and fishtailed after his passenger grabbed the steering wheel from him.

The other charges Treu faces are for felony bail jumping, intentionally abusing a hazardous substance, and causing "great bodily harm" during a hit-and-run because another Girl Scout in the group was injured.


They have been identified as Jayna Kelley, 9, of Lake Hallie, Autumn Helgeson, 10, of Lake Hallie and Haylee Hinkle, 10, of Lafayette.

Treu is accused of huffing before a crash that happened Saturday.

Another girl who was struck is still hospitalized but is now in stable condition. He surrendered to authorities Saturday.

Prosecutors are considering 13 charges against Mr Treu, including four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

"She would like to return home, and given her age, that may be appropriate", Harless said, according to the Associated Press.

The mother of one of the girls killed said she was standing near her daughter when the truck came crashing toward them.

"The child sustained head trauma and passed away November 1", Newell said.

The girls were fourth-graders and members of Troop 3055 in nearby Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Minneapolis.

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