Police say a pickup truck veered off the road into a ditch and struck the victims as they picked up trash Saturday.
Hundreds of community members gathered in 40-degree weather Sunday evening for a vigil outside Halmstad Elementary School, where some of the girls were students.
Two juvenile females and one adult female were pronounced dead at the scene.
A third girl died at the hospital.
The victims were struck Saturday morning while picking up trash along a rural road in Lake Hallie, 90 miles east of Minneapolis and just south of Chippewa Falls, where the girls were fourth-graders at Halmstad and Southview elementary schools.
"The area is not an unsafe area", Sgt. Sokup told the Associated Press.
The head of Girl Scouts of the US says "our hearts are broken" after three Girl Scouts and an adult were struck and killed in what authorities say was a hit-and-run crash along a rural Wisconsin highway.
The names of the deceased have not been released at the time of this post. The horrific crash took place a little before noon on Saturday, November 3. Other members of the troop were picking up trash from the opposite shoulder. Investigators say a fourth remains hospitalized in critical condition.
The driver fled the scene after the crash Saturday, and officials issued a call for help in locating the suspect vehicle.
The girls were reported to have been about 10 years old and pupils of an elementary school in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
This is an ongoing investigation.
"We hold our breath and we wait to see what's going on and when you find out that it's that tragic you know that it's going to hit everyone", Ozowski said.
CHIPPEWA COUNTY - Authorities in Chippewa County are looking for the driver of a pickup truck that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run that has resulted in the deaths of at least two children and one adult.
Classmates and fellow Girl Scouts from around the area lit candles in memory of the young lives lost. The status of those two are not known at this time but are believed to be in critical condition.
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