MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A grand jury decided not to add or upgrade charges against a retired NYPD officer accused in the hit-and-run death of a 13-year-old girl with Down syndrome in Levittown.
Police said Elardo fled the scene after he blew a red light and hit Soplin as she crossed Hempstead Turnpike. His attorney said Elardo, who claims he didn’t know he hit a person, is inconsolable over what happened.
“He’s not concerned about prison time. He is just concerned about how he is going to live for the rest of his life knowing he took someone off of this earth,” defense attorney Michael Dergarabedian said.