FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- It's been just over a week since three Girl Scouts and a mother were hit and killed by a pick-up truck while they cleaned up trash on a highway.
The occupants of that truck were allegedly huffing chemicals before they got behind the wheel. The driver now faces homicide and hit and run charges.
This weekend, Girl Scout troops across the country gathered for candle light vigils to remember the victims. Girls in northern Indiana also signed cards for a fourth girl, who is still in the hospital.
”It was really sad that they were doing a community project and that had to happen," said Samantha Hall, a girl here in Indiana.
For girls like Samantha, it was a sign of respect, something she said she learned in Girl Scouts.
”It’s really fun and you get to learn how to be a young lady," she said.
Ruth Strawser with the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana said it's never easy to explain a tragedy to the girls.
”First and foremost, we care about their safety when they’re doing these projects, and, unfortunately, sometimes things just happen," Strawser said.
And to the parents worried for their daughters' safety after the deadly crash, Strawser said the girls did everything right and wore proper safety gear.
“One of the things we’ve been doing is trying to talk to our girls and say, 'It’s okay, the girls weren’t doing anything wrong. They were doing something right. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time,'" she said.
Now, in the spirit of Girl Scouts everywhere, they'll continue doing the good they set out to do.
”Since the girls, this happened while they were doing a service project, we chose to do a service project, too... We’re collecting items that deal with a Thanksgiving dinner, canned corn, green beans, we’ll even take turkeys," Strawser said.
Anyone who wants to donate a food item to the Girl Scouts' fundraiser can take them to the Girl Scout Service Center off of Dupont.
The girls are also accepting cards to send to the fourth girl. She was last reported in stable condition.
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