Hit-and-run driver who killed Nicki Minaj’s father detained

Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress


By Adesoba Toluwalope

A 70-year-old man responsible for the death of Robert Maraj, Nicki Minaj’s father has been arrested.

The Police department confirmed the man had stepped out of his car to check the celebrity’s father on the road, asked if he was okay before driving off without calling the police.

The man, Charles Polevich, faces charges of leaving the scene of an incident and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the death last week of 64-year-old Robert Maraj on New York’s Long Island.

Polevich is currently free on bail following an arraignment in Nassau County court. His driver’s license has been suspended and his passport seized, he has also been instructed not to leave the state.

The hit-and-run driver is a hydrogeologist who owns Allied Pacific Environmental Consulting. The company provides services to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

According to the police department, the offender had left the scene acting like nothing happened, went home and hid his car to cover up his tracks.

Nassau County Police Detective, Steven Fitzpatrick said at a news conference.

“He was absolutely aware of what happened.

“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.

“He went home and secluded the vehicle. He’s well aware of what he did.”

Robert Maraj was struck by a car at 6:15 p.m. Friday while walking along Roslyn Road in Mineola. He was taken to a hospital in a critical condition and was pronounced dead on Saturday.

The offender gave up when his car, a white, 1992 Volvo station wagon was traced with the help of surveillance video back to his Mineola’s home.


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