CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa Falls man accused of huffing from an aerosol canister and then crashing his pickup truck into a group of Girl Scouts, killing three and an adult volunteer, has had his next court hearing delayed.
Colten R. Treu, 21, 1060 Joseph St., is charged in Chippewa County Court with four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, four counts of hit-and-run-involving death and one count each of hit-and-run-causing great bodily harm, intentionally abusing hazardous materials and bail jumping.
Treu was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 11, but that has been pushed back to Jan. 30.
“That (delay) was to allow everyone the opportunity to review the reports and get them to the defense as well,” Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said.
Treu remains jailed on a $250,000 cash bond.
A group of five adults and seven children from Girl Scout Troop 3055 in Chippewa Falls were picking up trash on Highway P in Lake Hallie, south of the Highway 29 overpass, when Treu’s truck struck the group at 11:40 a.m. Nov. 3.
The four victims are Jayna S. Kelley, 9, and Autum A. Helgeson, 10, both of Lake Hallie, and Haylee J. Hickle, 10, and her mother, Sara Jo Schneider, 32, of the Chippewa County town of Lafayette.
An injured Girl Scout, Madalyn Zwiefelhofer, was hospitalized for three weeks.
It is unclear if Treu’s passenger, John Stender, will be charged.