New York Hit-and-Run kills Teen with Down syndrome

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LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (PIX11) – Just a few minutes after midnight,13-year-old Bryanna Soplin, who had Down syndrome, was trying to cross the six lanes of Hempstead Turnpike at Gardiner’s  Avenue, according to Nassau County Police, when she was hit by a blue minivan heading east.

Police say the driver never stopped.

The 13-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital with head and body trauma and was pronounced dead four hours later.

“Tragically, the little girl just wanted to visit her grandfather, Retired NYPD Detective Sgt. Wally Zeins said. “When her mother saw that she was missing from her bed, she called police. At about the sane time, police got a report of a pedestrian struck at the Intersection.”

PIX11 crime consultant Wally Zeins says this particular stretch of Hempstead Turnpike has seen several deadly accidents in the past few years.

Police describe the vehicle as a 2011 to 2013 Blue Chrysler Town and Country Minivan

It was heading east on Hempstead Turnpike before heading north on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway.

“There are several red light cameras at the intersection, but because it a state program, it takes several days to get access to the video,” Zeins said.

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