Ex-NYPD Cop Admits to Fatal Hit-and-run of Girl in Levittown


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.