A retired New York City police officer has admitted to killing a 13-year-old girl with mental disabilities in a hit-and-run crash in Levittown two months ago.

Michael Elardo pleaded guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to leaving the scene of an accident.

Prosecutors have said that the 48-year-old Syosset man was driving on Hempstead Turnpike when he struck Bryanna Soplin and fled the scene in June.

Elardo had previously pleaded not guilty and was released on $50,000 bail, which had been lowered from $1 million.

Judge Jerald Carter is expected to sentence Elardo to t-1/3 to 4 years in prison on Oct. 4.



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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.