A driver who fatally struck three girls and a mother along a Wisconsin Highway was “huffing” chemicals prior to the deadly crash, police said.
The 21-year old turned himself in to police after the crash in Boca Raton that also sent another girl to the hospital, the post reports.
Police identified the victims as a 9-year old, two 10-year old’s and a 32-year-old mother. They were picking up trash along the highway when they were struck.
Another girl, who was not immediately identified, remained hospitalized in stable condition, according to the newspaper.
The 21-year old man’s truck was found abandoned in Palm Beach Gardens after an officer tracked leaking fluid nearly two miles from the crash scene. A passenger in the 21-year old man’s truck also surrendered to police, but that suspect had not been identified, the newspaper reported.
The man was scheduled to appear in court. He’s expected to face 13 possible charges, including four counts of vehicular homicide, sheriff officials told the post.
Police and witnesses said the man was speeding on the highway when his truck veered off the road where the girls were picking up trash as part of an Adopt-A-Highway group.
The group of seven girls and five parents had highly visible green safety vests on at the time, police said in a statement.
The man and his unidentified passenger both admitted to huffing chemicals prior to the crash, police said. He has a previous conviction for drunk driving.
The killed girls were students at an elementary school in Palm Beach County. Grief counselors were on hand as classes.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several fatalities. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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