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Michael Elardo, retired NYPD officer, accused of hit-run death of Bryanna Soplin, is indicted

Michael Elardo, 48, of Syosset, leaves Nassau County

Michael Elardo, 48, of Syosset, leaves Nassau County police headquarters in Mineola on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. He has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident that fatally injured Bryanna Soplin, 13, in Levittown on June 15, police said. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

A retired NYPD officer accused in a fatal hit-and-run in Levittown has been indicted by a grand jury, online court records show.

The records show a "true bill" -- meaning an indictment -- was voted on Tuesday in the case of the former police officer, Michael Elardo, 48, of Syosset.

The records do not show what charge or charges are in the indictment, but Elardo is scheduled to be arraigned next Thursday before Judge Jerald Carter in County Court in Mineola, where felony cases are heard.

The Nassau County district attorney's office had filed a criminal complaint in District Court two weeks ago accusing Elardo of leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality, a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Prosecutors declined to comment Thursday.

The original complaint said Elardo left the scene after his car struck and killed Bryanna Soplin, 13, of Levittown, who relatives said had Down syndrome, shortly after midnight on June 15 as she crossed Hempstead Turnpike at Gardiners Avenue.

Prosecutors had asked for $50,000 bail when Elardo was arraigned June 16 in First District Court in Hempstead, but Judge Douglas Lerose set bail at $1 million. Defense attorney Michael DerGarabedian of Rockville Centre filed papers with the Appellate Division in Brooklyn to lower the bail, but that appeal is still pending and Elardo is being held in the Nassau County Jail.

DerGarabedian said his client thought he had hit a construction cone and that he contacted police 10 hours later, after hearing news reports of the incident.

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