Tearful Chippewa Falls superintendent calls Chippewa Falls a special place following weekend tragedy

Chippewa County (WQOW) – A tearful Chippewa Falls Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos called Chippewa Falls a special place during a press conference on Sunday night.

Eliopoulos said there were 15 people, including students and parents, along Highway P picking up trash on Saturday morning when five of them were hit. Four of them were killed.

Three children, and one mother were killed. Two of the students attended Halmstad Elementary and one student attended Southview Elementary. Another Halmstad student remains hospitalized in critical condition.

More: Vigil scheduled for Sunday night

The man suspected of driving the striking vehicle, Colten Treu, 21, is scheduled to be in court Monday morning.

The superintendent said there are response plans in place at all schools and reminded families that free counseling sessions are available via a partnership the school has with Real Living.

There is a vigil scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday. You can watch it here. 

*Note – the press conference begins about 7 minutes into the video.

Clint Berge

Clint Berge

Clint Berge is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager for Eau Claire's Own WQOW News 18. Report any website issues to him at cberge@wqow.com

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