A Syosset man has been arrested for allegedly killing a 13-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash while the victim was crossing a road in her hometown of Levittown, Nassau County police said.

Michael Elardo was charged with leaving the scene of an incident when he surrendered to Homicide Squad detectives on Monday, a day after the crash, police said.

The 48-year-old suspect was driving a minivan eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike when he fatally struck Brianna Soplin at the corner of Gardiners Avenue and fled without stopping shortly after midnight Sunday, police said.

The victim died four hours later at Nassau University Medical Center.

Elardo and will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.



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