Skip to main content

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.

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.

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily newsletters

Next Up


Charges: Driver had been drinking at party before striking teens, killing one

The victims were walking home from Walmart at the time of the crash, according to court documents.

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 4.32.08 PM

State: Beltrami County Jail conditions present imminent risk of 'life-threatening harm'

The state is taking action to force changes at the Beltrami County Jail.


Tributes to 15-year-old girl killed in Burnsville crash

The teenager was a student at Burnsville High School.

police lights

Charges: New Ulm couple abused young children with cruel punishments

Warning: The following contains upsetting details about child abuse.

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 1.18.29 PM

Boy reels in 9.5lb walleye, wins pickup truck at Brainerd ice fishing tourney

Contestants come from all over the country compete in the annual event held in Brainerd.


Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon in northern MN kicks off in -25F temperatures

The race is considered one of the 50 most challenging races in the world.


Authorities identify Girl Scouts, troop leader killed in hit-and-run

The driver was allegedly 'huffing' before the crash.

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 2.35.48 PM

Young mother dies after weekend hit-and-run in St. Paul

The 22 year old died in hospital after the collision early Saturday morning.

Girls run over in St. Francis ID'd, calls for safety measures at intersection

One of the girl is in a critical condition after the collision on Wednesday.

Ambulance Hennepin Healthcare

Woman in 40s killed in Minneapolis hit-and-run

Police are looking for a dark colored sedan.

Girl, 10, charged with killing baby at Wisconsin daycare

It happened at a daycare near Eau Claire, Wisconsin.