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Vigil held in Holt to remember girl scouts, mother killed

Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-11 18:46:24-05

Local girl scout troops joined the nation in remembering their scout sisters and a mother who were killed in a crash in western Wisconsin.

A vigil was held at Veterans Memorial Gardens in Holt Saturday evening.

A driver, Colton Treu, 21, hit and killed three girl scouts and one adult volunteer last week while the troop was cleaning the road for community service. Police said Treu fled the scene, and then later surrendered to authorities.

Treu admitted that he was inhaling chemical vapors before the crash, police said Monday.

The three Girl Scouts killed were identified by police as Jayna Kelley, 9; Autumn Helgeson, 10; and Haylee Hickle, 10. The parent killed was Haylee's mother, Sara Jo Schneider, 32.

Sara Reedy, Area Manager of Holt and Dimondale Girl Scouts said they want to honor the victims in any way they can. "I was scared for my girls, my daughters, my troop. No one wants to have to go through that, so whatever we can do to honor the families that are going through that is the least we can do."

"I am part of the Girl Scout sisterhood and seeing this example of how girl scouts rise up and come together when there's a tragedy , it touches my heart," said Kristin Schrader, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.

The group called for increased traffic safety to keep kids safe.

The fourth girl who was injured is still in critical condition.

Treu is being held at the Chippewa County Jail on four counts of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle, five counts of hit and run and four counts of homicide while intoxicated.