70-year-old arrested in hit-and-run death of Nicki Minaj’s father

Police say the suspect bought out of his automobile after hitting Nicki Minaj’s father, stood over him and requested if he was OK earlier than getting again in his automobile and driving away.

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A 70-year-old man arrested Wednesday in the hit-and-run death of rapper Nicki Minaj’s father stopped briefly to ask the injured man if he was OK however did not name for assist, police stated.

Charles Polevich faces expenses of leaving the scene of an incident and tampering with bodily proof in reference to the death final week of 64-year-old Robert Maraj on New York’s Long Island.

Polevich, who splits time between Long Island and Guam, is free on bail following an arraignment in Nassau County courtroom. As a consequence of his arrest, his driver’s license has been suspended, he was ordered to give up his passport and a choose stated he cannot go away the state.

“He was absolutely aware of what happened,” Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick stated at a information convention.

“He got out of the car and he looked at the deceased, got into his car, and made the conscious decision to leave instead of dialing 911, instead of calling an ambulance for the man,” Fitzpatrick stated. “He went home and secluded the vehicle. He’s well aware of what he did.”

A message searching for remark was left with Polevich’s lawyer.

Maraj was struck by a automobile at 6:15 p.m. Friday whereas strolling alongside Roslyn Road in Mineola. He was taken to a hospital and was pronounced lifeless on Saturday.

Polevich exited his automobile after hitting Maraj, stood over him and requested if he was OK earlier than strolling again to his automobile and fleeing the scene, police stated. Polevich went house and parked his automobile in a indifferent storage in an try to hide it from view, police stated.

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Polevich surrendered Wednesday after detectives used items of surveillance video to trace the automobile concerned in the crash — a white, 1992 Volvo station wagon — to Polevich’s Mineola house, Fitzpatrick stated.

Minaj, 38, was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and was raised in the New York City borough of Queens. She has not made any public assertion about her father’s death.

Minaj has spoken in the previous about having a strained relationship together with her father.

In interviews, she stated Robert Maraj suffered from drug habit and was abusive towards her mom, as soon as setting fireplace to their home together with her inside.

Minaj referenced her father in the 2008 track, “Autobiography,” rapping: “They shoulda thrown the book at you, ’cause I hate you so much that it burn when I look at you.”

Robert Maraj referred to as his daughter’s claims “exaggerated.”

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