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Treu’s passenger charged in fatal hit-and-run

John Stender

Chippewa County (WQOW) - New charges have been filed in the Girl Scouts hit-and-run tragedy.

This week, Colten Treu was sentenced to 54 years in prison in the crash that caused the deaths of three Girl Scouts, and a mother, and severe injuries to another girl.

Friday, district attorneys filed new charges against his passenger John Stender Jr. 

According to the criminal complaint, on November 3, 2018, Stender told investigators he and Treu were huffing a can of air duster.

He said as they were coming down Highway P he noticed Treu looked out of it and grabbed the steering wheel to keep him on the road.

Stender said Treu yelled at him and drove the truck into the ditch, hitting the Girl Scouts troop. Stender said he hit his head and passed out.

Stender said he didn't wake up until he was at the home he shared with Treu. That's when he said Treu asked him to move his car so he could hide his truck in the garage.

He has been charged with a felony count of aiding a felon, hiding physical evidence and intentionally abusing a hazardous substance.

His initial appearance is scheduled for April 7.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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