Girl Scouts seek answers, prayers after hit-and-run tragedy that killed 4

One Girl Scout remains in a critical condition after the Saturday collision.
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Members of Girl Scouts groups across Wisconsin and America are reeling after a hit-and-run struck a troop on Saturday morning, killing four.

Three Girl Scouts and a female troop leader died when a pickup truck left County Hwy. P and hit their group as they picked up trash from a roadside ditch in Lake Hallie, just north of Eau Claire.

A fourth Girl Scout remains in a critical condition in hospital as of Sunday morning. While their identities haven't been released yet, all the girls were in fourth grade at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls.

The tragic incident has left Girl Scout members in western Wisconsin seeking answers, after a 21-year-old man suspected of driving the pickup turned himself in on Saturday afternoon.

"A tragic and senseless act that happened earlier today in Hallie involving a Halmstad Girl Scout troop has us all asking, Why?" Nokomis Service Area Girl Scouts wrote on Facebook.

The Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes similarly called their deaths "senseless," and have asked for prayers for the bereaved families, as well as the Girl Scout who is still fighting for her life in hospital.

Mourners will join together for a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. on Sunday, at the Halmstad Elementary School.

The suspected driver has not yet been charged by police, with more information about what happened expected to be revealed in the coming days.

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