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Man accused in crash that killed 3 girls, woman due in court

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- The man accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed three Girl Scouts and a mother collecting trash along a highway in northwestern Wisconsin is due in court.

Twenty-two-year-old Colten Treu is scheduled to appear in Chippewa County court Friday for a preliminary hearing. Treu is accused of huffing from an aerosol canister last November , then crashing his pickup truck into members of Girl Scout Troop 3055 as they were picking up litter on Highway P in Lake Hallie. Treu is facing 11 criminal counts, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

The four people killed in the crash were 9-year-old Jayna Kelley, 10-year-old Autumn Helgeson, both of Lake Hallie, 10-year-old Haylee Hickle and her mother, 32-year-old Sara Jo Schneider, from Lafayette. A fifth person, Madalyn Zwiefelhofer, was injured.

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