Long Island Man Pleads Guilty to Charges Stemming from 2021 Hit-and-Run Death of Nicki Minaj's Father

The man accused of killing Nicki Minaj's father, Robert Maraj, in a hit-and-run collision last year pleaded guilty on Friday to two charges.

Nicki Minaj speaks at Billboard Women In Music event

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Nicki Minaj speaks at Billboard Women In Music event

The driver accused of killing Nicki Minaj’s father in a hit-and-run collision last year has pled guilty.

Billboardreports Charles Polevich appeared in Nassau County court on Friday, where he pled guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an accident and another count of evidence tampering, both felonies, stemming from the fatal Feb. 2021 accident that killed Robert Maraj.

Although Polevich faced up to seven years behind bars, the judge has committed to no more than one year in prison.

“Mr. Polevich’s life story is one of helping others, which makes this case so out of character,” Polevich’s attorney Marc Gann told Billboard. “There are no allegations of substance use or abuse as causative of his conduct and it is our belief that a medical heart issue contributed to Mr. Polevich’s conduct. Mr. Polevich could not be more sorry for the loss of Mr. Maraj.”

The news arrives more than a year after Maraj’s tragic death. Minaj’s father was walking alongside a Long Island road on Feb. 12, 2021, when he was hit by a vehicle driven by Polevich.

Nassau County Police Department said Polevich had briefly stopped his car to check if Robert Maraj was OK, but ultimately fled the scene without calling for help. Maraj, 64, was transported to a hospital shortly after, and died just hours later.

Polevich was subsequently arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and tampering with evidence. At his initial arraignment, he pleaded not guilty.

Polevich is due back in court on August 3 for his sentencing.

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