Who is Colten Treu? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Suspect, Criminal Record, Investigation Report

Colten Treu Wiki – Biography

Colten Treu to be sentenced in crash that killed 3 Girl Scouts, mother. Colten Treu, pleaded “no contest” in December to four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle while having a prior intoxicant-related conviction. He also pleaded guilty to another count of hit-and-run causing great bodily harm. A “no contest” plea in Wisconsin means a defendant will not admit or deny guilt, but will not contest the facts of the charge.

Colten Treu Age

Colten Treu is 23 years old.

Criminal History and Charges

A Chippewa Falls man is set to be sentenced for a crash that killed three Girl Scouts and one of their mothers in rural Wisconsin in the fall of 2018.

Treu had earlier pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges related to the crash, which happened the morning of Nov. 3, 2018. Police say a pickup truck veered into a roadside ditch as a group of fourth-grade Girl Scouts were collecting trash along with a parent chaperone. The crash killed four people in the group.

Police named the victims as Jayna Kelley, 9, of Lake Hallie; Autumn Helgeson, 10, of Lake Hallie; and Haylee Hickle, 10, and her mother Sara Jo Schneider, 32, of the Town of Lafayette.

Family Statement

Family member statements included Ryan Zwiefelhhofer, father of Madalyn who was injured in the crash. He told the court Madalyn had an 11% chance of surviving and she will no longer have full use of her right leg. Stating she has had at least eight surgeries and could have many more to come in the future.

Kim Helgeson, mother of Autumn, said “I want Colten Treu sentenced to the maximum allowable sentence for each count. I want those sentences consecutively and not concurrently. Totaling 110 years”.

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Brian Kelly, father of Jayna, said “Our Jayna was killed at the age of nine and that is the age she will forever remain in our minds. Happy memories of her get a little less vivid as the time passes”.

He added, ” Justice is about fairness and there is nothing fair about this situation. It isn’t fair that Jayna died. It isn’t fair that Autumn died. It isn’t fair that Haylee died. It isn’t fair that Sara died. It isn’t fair that Madalyn suffered so badly”.

Judy Schneider, mother of Sara and grandmother of Haylee told he court that when Haylee died “the world lost a little girl with big dreams”. Adding “These words are not enough to express the loss and emptiness, the pain, the hurt of everyone in my family…”

Judge James Isaacson told the court he planned for victim impact statements to last most of the day Tuesday and final arguments would take place Wednesday.

Trial and Sentence

Police say the driver left the scene but later surrendered. Investigators said Treu admitted to inhaling chemical vapors, also known as huffing, before the crash.

Each felony charge against Treu carries a 40-year maximum sentence, all of which could potentially be served consecutively.

Sentencing begins Tuesday, March 10. Approximately 28 people affected by the crash are expected to give victim impact statements.

“I saw what Colten Treu did. I never saw brake lights. What I heard was acceleration. Acceleration through body by body,” said Autumn Helgeson’s mother. “My child’s life was sacrificed for an air-duster high that he couldn’t wait seven minutes for.”


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