Man Who Killed Nicki Minaj’s Father in Hit-and-Run Accident Gets Sentenced

Charles Polevich, who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and tampering with evidence in the crash on New York's Long Island that killed Robert Maraj (Image: YouTube/Screenshot/Inside Edition)

The motorist who killed Nicki Minaj’s dad in a hit-and-run accident has received a one-year jail sentence and his license has also been suspended for six months.

Charles Polevich, 71, was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a crash and interfering with physical evidence, both felonies, following the death of Robert Maraj, 64, in a car accident on Long Island in February 2021.

A $5,000 fine has also been imposed on him.

According to TMZ, the elderly gentleman faced a maximum of seven years in prison, but the judge told him he wouldn’t sentence him for more than a year.

Carol, the victim’s widow, told media at the time that she was “not happy” with the arranged sentence. The widow, who is suing Polevich for $150 million, told reporters seeing him in court made her nervous because her husband was fighting for his life in the hospital.

Prosecutors, who decided to seek a one-to-three-year prison sentence, also objected to the proposed punishment.

Polevich hit Maraj while he was walking on Long Island. Authorities said he got out of his vehicle and glanced at the injured man lying on the ground before speeding away, not calling 911, garaged his car, and covered it with a tarp.

The singer’s father was admitted to the hospital in critical condition and died the following day.

Polevich’s attorney, Marc Gann, previously stated that the hit-and-run was “completely out of character” for his client, who is from Long Island but operates a drilling as well as water purification company in Guam.


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