Jennifer Curuchaga on Sunday, June 15, 2014, holds (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

Jennifer Curuchaga on Sunday, June 15, 2014, holds a photo of her slain daughter, Bryanna Soplin, 13, as she urges the hit-and-run driver to come forward.

Video Recap: The Michael Elardo trial

Bryanna Soplin, a 13-year-old girl with Down syndrome, was fatally struck in the wee hours of Sunday, June 15, 2014, while crossing Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. On Aug. 6, 2014, Michael Elardo, a retired police officer who left the scene of the Levittown crash, pleaded guilty in connection with the case.

Bryanna Soplin's family, cops seek hit-and-run driver

Jennifer Curuchaga holds a picture of her daughter

Jennifer Curuchaga holds a picture of her daughter Bryanna Soplin, a 13-year-old girl who was killed in a hit and run accident on Hempstead Turnpike on Sunday, while at her parents' home in Levittown, June 16, 2014. (June 15, 2014 8:41 PM)

Family members mourn Bryanna Soplin, a 13-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was fatally struck in the wee hours of Sunday, June 15, 2014, while crossing Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. Nassau police were searching for a blue 2011, 2012 or 2013 Chrysler Town and Country that fled the scene. The family urged the driver to come forward and take responsibility. (Credit: News 12 Long Island, Paul Mazza and Stringer News Service)

Driver sought in Hempstead Turnpike hit-run

The search continued for a driver who, police

The search continued for a driver who, police said, struck and killed a 13-year-old girl with Down syndrome early June 15, 2014 as she crossed Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. On June 16, 2014, family members gathered at Bryanna Soplin's grandparents' house in Hicksville, where it is believed she may have been headed. (Credit: Newsday Staff) (June 16, 2014 5:16 PM)

The search continued for a driver who, police said, struck and killed a 13-year-old girl with Down syndrome early June 15, 2014 as she crossed Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. On June 16, 2014, family members gathered at Bryanna Soplin's grandparents' house in Hicksville, where it is believed she may have been headed. (Credit: Newsday Staff)

Michael Elardo charged in hit-run death of Bryanna Soplin

Nassau County police said Michael Elardo, 48, of

Nassau County police said Michael Elardo, 48, of Syosset, surrendered Monday evening, June 16, 2014, at police headquarters in Mineola, where he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that fatally injured 13-year-old Bryanna Soplin. Police said Bryanna, who relatives said had Down syndrome, was attempting to cross Hempstead Turnpike near Gardiners Avenue in Levittown early Sunday when she was hit. (Credit: News 12 Long Island and Jessica Rotkiewitz) (June 17, 2014 2:48 PM)

Nassau County police said Michael Elardo, 48, of Syosset, surrendered Monday evening, June 16, 2014, at police headquarters in Mineola, where he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that fatally injured 13-year-old Bryanna Soplin. Police said Bryanna, who relatives said had Down syndrome, was attempting to cross Hempstead Turnpike near Gardiners Avenue in Levittown early Sunday when she was hit. (Credit: News 12 Long Island and Jessica Rotkiewitz)

Retired NYPD officer pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-run

Michael Elardo, 48, of Syosset, a retired NYPD

Michael Elardo, 48, of Syosset, a retired NYPD officer charged in the hit-and-run death of Bryanna Soplin, a 13-year-old special-needs girl from Levittown, pleaded guilty in Nassau County Court on Aug. 6, 2014, in connection with the case. In July, Elardo initially pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of the fatal June 15 crash on Hempstead Turnpike. (Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely) (August 6, 2014 1:00 PM)

Michael Elardo, 48, of Syosset, a retired NYPD officer charged in the hit-and-run death of Bryanna Soplin, a 13-year-old special-needs girl from Levittown, pleaded guilty in Nassau County Court on Aug. 6, 2014, in connection with the case. In July, Elardo initially pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of the fatal June 15 crash on Hempstead Turnpike. (Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)