The western Wisconsin community on Sunday was grieving the deaths of three Girl Scouts and a parent who were collecting trash Saturday along a rural highway when police say a pickup truck veered off the road and hit them before speeding away.
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On Sunday night, in the rain and with candles in hand, Girl Scouts sang songs of sadness.
Almost 15 girls, along with adults, were picking up trash when a 21-year-old man went off the road and hit them with his pickup truck.
A small group of girl scouts were picking up trash along County Road P, near highway 29 overpass in Chippewa County on Saturday morning. A 21-year-old man from Chippewa Falls later turned himself in to authorities in connection with the crash, Lake Hallie police reported. A third girl was rushed to the hospital and died there. Authorities have not released the identities of the victims. Investigators haven't said what caused him to drive off the road. He is expected to be charged with four counts of homicide.
The rest of the community was left to come to grips with a sudden, nearly unfathomable loss.
Sokup said it was not immediately known if there were other factors that might have led the driver to leave the road. We ask for privacy for the council, and for the families who are mourning the tragic loss of loved ones today.
Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo issued a statement Sunday expressing condolences for the victims, who were picking up litter along the road in Lake Hallie when a pickup truck veered of the road and hit them.
On Sept. 30, Boy Scouts on Long Island were headed to a hike when the group was slammed into by a suspected drunken driver, according to New York ABC affiliate WABC.
Troop 3055's regional council, the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, expressed its condolences on Facebook and said a vigil will be held on November 4 evening at the girls' school.
And in June, a 14-year-old Boy Scout taking shelter from 50 miles per hour winds at a jamboree in northern Georgia was crushed in his tent.
Hundreds of community members gathered outside an elementary school in Chippewa Falls, Wis., on Sunday night to remember three Girl Scouts and a parent who were killed in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend.
The next day, officials announced, grief counselors will arrive.