On Wednesday a 70-year-old man was arrested in the case connected to the hit-and-run death of the rapper Nicki Minaj’s father. The police reported that he stopped, just for a short time to ask the injured man if he was OK but he didn’t bother to call for help.
Charles Polevich is now facing charges of leaving the scene of an incident and tampering with the physical evidence that is connected with the death of 64-year-old Robert Maraj on New York’s Long Island last week.
In Nassau County court Polevich, who splits time between Long Island and Guam, was set free on bail following an arraignment.
His driver’s license has been suspended, as a result of his arrest, he was ordered by a judge to surrender his passport and he can’t leave the state.
Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick revealed at a news conference that Polevich was totally aware of what happened.
It was discovered that he got out of the car and looked at the deceased, got back into his car, and made the conscious decision to leave without dialing 911, or calling an ambulance for the man.
It was also reported that he went home and secluded the vehicle.
Maraj was struck by a car at 6:15 p.m. Friday as he walked along Roslyn Road in Mineola. He was taken to a hospital on Saturday where he was pronounced dead.
However, Polevich simply went home and parked his car in a detached garage as he attempted to conceal it from view, the police reported.
Polevich surrendered Wednesday after detectives managed to use pieces of a surveillance video to track the car involved in the crash, it is a white, 1992 Volvo station wagon which was found at Polevich’s Mineola home, the officer reported.
Nicki Minaj, 38, whose given name is Onika Tanya Maraj is originally from Trinidad, but she was raised in the New York City borough of Queens.
The star has not made any public statement about her father’s death as yet.