"Later that afternoon the sheriff's department received a call from medical personnel, a doctor, attending this youth and indicated that his belief was that the injuries sustained by the six-month boy was not an accident", Sheriff Kowalczyk told KWQC-TV. "It's our loss. We are hit double, but it needed to be that way. I think God knew that". Ten-year-old Haylee Hickle and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, from the Town of Lafayette, were also killed. One additional injured girl (age 10) is still hospitalized and is reported to be in stable condition at this time.
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 mother of one of the girls killed said she was standing near her daughter when the truck came crashing toward them.
A 21-year-old driver was inhaling chemical vapors, or "huffing", just before he is suspected of striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a woman as they picked up roadside litter on November 3 in a hit-and-run crash, police said on November 5.
The Girl Scouts out on the highway that day were all fourth-graders at Halmstad and Southview elementary schools in the Chippewa Falls School District.
The suspect, Colten Treu, sped off after the crash but turned himself in later after police tracked leaking vehicle fluids from his black Ford F-150 pickup to a home about 2 miles from the incident, police said.
His bond was set at $250,000 during his first court appearance Monday morning.
Treu was huffing an air duster, according to prosecutors, and when the passenger noticed Treu veering, he corrected the steering wheel.
Treu faces four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
Treu is due back in court on Tuesday. He will be charged with four counts of homicide, Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup said.