Family of injured girl scout files lawsuit against hit-and-run driver

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wisc. (WLAX) — The family of a Girl Scout hurt in a 2018 hit-and-run crash in Lake Hallie has filed a lawsuit against the driver.

Colten Treu crashed into a Girl Scout Troop on Nov. 3, 2018, killing four people and injuring Madalyn Zwiefelhofer. Investigators said he was huffing before the crash.

Zwiefelhofer’s family said Treu caused disabling and debilitating injuries that have created pain and suffering, which will continue into the future. Filings in Chippewa County Court said the crash also caused Zwiefelhofer and her family emotional distress, created medical expenses and led to lost wages.

Treu was sentenced in March 2020 to 54 years in prison after pleading no contest to four counts of homicide by intoxication.

The suit now gives Treu, who is currently serving his sentence at the Dodge Correctional Facility in Waupan, 45 days to respond after it was filed Oct. 28. The suit also lists two insurance companies.

Court documents do not disclose the amount of money the family is requesting in the lawsuit.

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