Driver Who Allegedly Killed Nicki Minaj’s Father in Custody

The man who allegedly killed Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, in a hit-and-run has been taken into custody.

On Wednesday, police say Charles Polevich, 70, surrendered to authorities over the February 12 incident in Long Island, New York.

Per TMZ, Polevich was arraigned and charged with two felonies — leaving scene of incident involving death of a person and tampering with or suppressing physical evidence.

Charles Polevich

Per the complaint, Polevich allegedly hit Maraj with his 1992 white Volvo at the intersection of Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue in the village of Mineola.

“The defendant then exited his vehicle, stood over the victim, asked him if ‘he was ok,’ walked and returned to his vehicle and fled the scene,” the legal papers read.

Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick added during a press conference Wednesday, “He got out of the car and he looked at the deceased and got into the car and made the conscious decision to leave. Instead of dialing 911 or calling an ambulance, he went home and secreted his vehicle.”

Maraj was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead Saturday.

Investigators said they were able to identify Polevich by piecing together surveillance footage of his white Volvo.

“We were able to track that vehicle prior to the accident as well as after the accident and tracked it right to his house,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick added that Polevich allegedly hid the car in his garage.

Because Polevich allegedly left the scene, authorities were not able to determine whether he was under the influence at the time of the crash.

Page Six reports that Polevich, represented by defense lawyer Michael Scotto, was ordered released on a $250,000 bond, which is being arranged by bondsman Ira Judelson.


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