Girl Scouts killed by truck while picking up trash in Wisconsin

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Police say a 21-year-old driver of a pick-up truck left the road and hit the troop.

There is unspeakable sadness Sunday night in Chippewa Falls, Wis. One girl survived and was in critical condition Saturday night.

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.

Rachel Ozowski, who lives near the crash site, said she was dreading the details of the horrific incident.

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.

The driver fled the scene after the crash Saturday, and officials issued a call for help in locating the suspect vehicle.

The group had adopted the rural road and performed the community service along it before, something they did while wearing bright yellow safety vests and accompanied by adults.

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The group was cleaning up trash along County Road P at the State Highway 29 overpass when they were struck around 11:40 a.m. Saturday, according to the Lake Hallie Police Department.

Two other scouts were injured in the crash - one was airlifted to a hospital and is in critical condition. A third juvenile female was transported to the hospital where she later died.

"Just a fun-loving girl, Girl Scout. I will be weeping often this morning, I know that", Pastor Jim Woldhuis said. "Just your typical little fourth grade girl skipping through life", Woldhuis observed.

"She had faith, she had objective and invested herself in her children", Woldhuis said. "There are a lot of people hurting on behalf of our children right now", Chippewa Falls Superintendent Dr. Heidi Eliopolous said.

Monday morning, counselors, psychologists, therapy dogs and faith leaders will again be at the two elementary schools where the victims were students.

A 21-year-old Chippewa Falls man will be facing 4 counts of Homicide Through Negligent Use of a Vehicle following the fatal hit-and-run that occurred in Lake Hallie, WI on November 3, 2018, according Sgt. Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department when speaking with the Associated Press.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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