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Cops: Driver Who Killed Minaj's Father Knew What He Did

Charles Polevich asked man if he was OK but didn't call for help, police say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2021 2:09 PM CST

(Newser) – 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 but didn't call for help, police say. 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, the AP reports. Polevich, who splits time between Long Island and Guam, is free on bail following an arraignment in Nassau County court. As a result of his arrest, his driver’s license has been suspended, he was ordered to surrender his passport, and a judge said he can't leave the state. "He was absolutely aware of what happened," Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said at a news conference.

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"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 said. "He went home and secluded the vehicle. He’s well aware of what he did." Maraj was struck by a car at 6:15pm Friday while walking along Roslyn Road in Mineola. He was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead on Saturday. Polevich exited his car after hitting Maraj, stood over him, and asked if he was OK before walking back to his car and fleeing the scene, police said. Polevich surrendered Wednesday after detectives used pieces of surveillance video to track the car involved in the crash—a white 1992 Volvo station wagon—to Polevich's Mineola home, Fitzpatrick said.

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