Colten Treu Bio, Wiki
Colten Treu 23-years-old Chippewa Falls man. He is set to be sentenced for a crash that killed three Girl Scouts and one of their mothers in rural Wisconsin in the fall of 2018.
Colten R. Treu Crime
Colten R. Treu is believed to have been driving while impaired on Sep. 30, 2018, when he swerved off the road, went into a ditch and rolled his vehicle. They also allegedly discovered meth and marijuana in the vehicle.
Twelve members of a Wisconsin Girl Scout troop, including seven children and five adults, had been picking up trash in a ditch along the highway as part of a service project when a black pick-up truck has driven by Treu “veered out of its lane” and crossed the centre line, leaving the road entirely and entering the ditch where the Girl Scouts were working, hitting five of them, police said.
Crash & Suspects
The crash occurred on November 3, 2018, in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin. Police say Treu crashed his pickup truck into a Girl Scout troop as they were picking up trash in a ditch along County Road P.
The crash killed Jayna S. Kelley, 9; Autum A. Helgeson, 10; Haylee J. Hickle, 10; and Hickle’s mother, Sara Jo Schneider, 32. A fourth girl scout, who has not been identified, was hospitalized and is currently in stable condition, police said.
The vehicle fled the scene but Chippewa County Deputy Mark Hollister was able to track vehicle fluids from the crash scene to an address 1.8 miles away. The City of Chippewa Falls Police discovered the truck abandoned in the garage at the home, but neither the driver nor the passenger was still at the location, police said.
Colten Treu sentencing
Prosecutors say on November 3, 2018, Colten Treu was huffing aerosol fumes when his truck crashed into a Girl Scouts troop as troop members picked up litter on the side of the road.
A mother and three young girls were killed. Another Girl Scout was severely injured. Police said after the crash, Treu drove home and went to a party.
In December, Chippewa County Judge James Isaacson found Colten Treu guilty of four counts of homicide by intoxicated driving and one count of hit and run as part of a plea deal. During the three-day sentencing hearing, 26 people will provide victim impact statements to the court.
Chippewa County officials expect two more people to speak in support of a lighter sentence for Treu. Based on the charges, Treu faces a maximum penalty of 165 years in prison. News 18 will be in the courtroom for the entirety of the sentencing hearing, which could last as long as three days.