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Michael Elardo pleads guilty to fatal hit-and-run that killed teen Bryanna Soplin in Levittown

Police say Michael Elardo struck and killed 13-year-old

Police say Michael Elardo struck and killed 13-year-old Bryanna Soplin on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown two months ago. Police believe the teen with Down syndrome was trying to walk to her grandparents’ house. (August 6, 2014 6:04 PM)

A retired NYPD officer pleaded guilty today and apologized to the victim’s family for a hit-and-run that killed a girl with Down syndrome.

Police say Michael Elardo struck and killed 13-year-old Bryanna Soplin on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown two months ago. Police believe the teen was trying to walk to her grandparents’ house.

The 48-year-old says he believed he hit a traffic cone...

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