Cops: Syosset Man Surrenders in Hit-and-Run that Killed Teen Girl

Michael Elardo allegedly struck and killed 13-year-old Bryanna Soplin early Sunday morning in Levittown, cops said.

Michael Elardo (NCPD photo)
Michael Elardo (NCPD photo)

A Syosset man has been charged in the deadly hit-and-run that killed a special needs teenager in Levittown, according to Nassau County Police.

Michael Elardo, 48, of Syosset, surrendered to detectives Monday and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, cops said.

Elardo is the alleged driver in a hit-and-run that killed Bryanna Soplin early Sunday morning, police reported.

Bryanna, a 13-year-old from Levittown, was crossing Hempstead Turnpike at Gardiners Avenue when she was struck by a minivan at 12:02 a.m., cops said.

Bryanna reportedly had Down's Syndrome and was trying to visit her grandfather when she was hit by the car, reported Newsday.

Bryanna was rushed to Nassau University Medical Center with "head and body trauma" and was pronounced dead at 4:30 a.m. by hospital staff, police said. 

Bryanna's mother told CBS New York that her daughter had been tucked into bed Saturday night, but was discovered missing right about when she was hit by the minivan. 

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

Patch adams June 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Bunch of fascist punks who are nobodies without a gun and badge, canibalistic hitmen working for the mob who eat people, and sit on their asses all day
FedUpRealist June 18, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Fascict's???...Who you gonna call when a bad guy is kicking your ass, hmmmm????...The problem started for the NYPD (and Nassau & Suffolk) when the LIBERALS and the ACLU (one in the same) DEMANDED the hiring of more minorities... This was b/c, in their twisted, idealogical minds, there wasn't enough representation from certain racial groups...It was backed by their insistance the tests were unfair...The plan BACKFIRED...Tests were made up with easier questions and quotas to fill their utopian view of what the make-up of the P.D. should be...As a result, more and more a-holes - of ALL races- are passing the test and are wearing the uniform...Why don't we make the test harder - FOR EVERYONE , thus eliminating the ones most likely to disgrace the badge?
TJ Eckleburg June 18, 2014 at 08:34 PM
FedUpRacist, your rant makes no sense given that Michael Elardo is a white police officer who disgraced the badge.
ed goldstein June 22, 2014 at 07:22 AM
why didnt we know this all week? besides he doesnt have a middle name.
phil from lynbrook June 22, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Fedup, I agree wit TJ, what does your rant have to do with this terrible tragedy. There have been bad cops for as long as there has been a police dept. Fortunately, they have always made up a very small minority.


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