A former rookie New Haven police officer faces up to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene after a hit-and-run that left a 14-year-old girl with severe injuries.

Marquis Morrison pleaded guilty to felony evading responsibility and second-degree assault for the April 2010 crash that left the victim with two broken legs and other injuries that landed her in the hospital for 16 days.

A year later the girl, Niije Kelly only has partial use of her legs after numerous surgeries, using wheelchair to get around part of the time.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Morrison had been out of the police academy for just two months when he struck the girl with an unregistered motorcycle while off duty. He then tried to cover up his involvement by hiding the motorcycle.

He resigned in September.


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