- A 70-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after hitting rapper Nicki Minaj’s father.
- Charles Polevich faces charges for leaving the scene of an accident.
- “He was absolutely aware of what happened,” authorities reported.
Police said the subject stopped briefly to ask if the victim he ran over was okay, but did not call emergency services for help.
Charles Polevich is facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence related to the death of Robert Maraj, 64, that occurred last week on Long Island, New York.
Polevich, who lives between Long Island and Guam, was released on bail after being indicted in Nassau County court. As a result of his arrest, his driver’s license was suspended, he was ordered to surrender his passport, and a judge said he cannot leave the state.
“I was absolutely aware of what happened,” Nassau County Sheriff’s Detective Steven Fitzpatrick told a news conference.
“He got out of the car and saw the now-deceased man, got in his car and made a conscious decision to drive away instead of calling 911, instead of calling an ambulance for care,” Fitzpatrick said. “He went home and put the vehicle away. He is very aware of what he did ”.
A message was sent to the man’s lawyer for his comments. Maraj was struck at 6:15 p.m. Friday while walking on Roslyn Road in Mineola. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead on Saturday.
Polevich got out of his car after running over Maraj, stood next to him and asked him if he was okay, before returning to his car and quickly leaving the scene, police said. Polevich went home and parked his car in a garage in an attempt to hide it from public view, police said.
SUBJECT SURRENDERED TO THE POLICE
Father Nicki Minaj. Polevich turned himself in on Wednesday, after detectives will use security camera video to track the car involved in the accident, a 1992 Volvo station wagon, that drove them to Polevich’s Mineola home, Fitzpatrick said.
In the past, the singer had talked about being estranged from her father. He has not made any public statement about his father’s death.
In interviews, he has said that Robert Maraj suffered from drug addiction and was abusive towards his mother, even setting his house on fire with her inside.
Nicki Minaj made references to her father in the 2008 song “Autobiography,” in which she rapped, “They should throw the book at you, because I hate you so much it burns me when I see you.” Robert Maraj has said that his daughter’s claims are “exaggerated.”
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