NEW YORK – A fugitive driver pleaded guilty Friday in a New York suburban crash that killed Nicki Minaj’s father and promised him a year or so in prison, disappointing prosecutors and the mother of the hip hop star.
In Nassau County State Court on Long Island, businessman Charles Polevich admitted that he left the scene of the February 2021 crash that fatally wounded Robert Maraj while walking down a road in Mineola.
Polevich initially got out of his car and looked at the injured man on the ground, but then left, did not call 911, saved his car and covered it with a tarp, authorities said. Polevich pleaded guilty to manipulating evidence by hiding the car.
Maraj, 64, died at a hospital the next day.
Judge Howard Sturim said Polevich would receive “no more than a year in prison,” along with community service and a suspended license. The 71-year-old man is due to be convicted on August 3.
The victim’s widow, Carol Maraj, told reporters she was “not happy” with the planned sentence. The widow, who is suing Polevich, said seeing her in court left her shuddering at the memory of her husband fighting for his life in the hospital.
The prosecution, which was seeking a prison sentence of one to three years, also opposed the planned sentence.
“Given the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, we do not agree with the court’s conviction commitment,” Nassau County Attorney General Brendan Brosh said in a statement.
Polevich’s lawyer, Marc Gann, described the hit as “completely disproportionate” to his client, who is from Long Island but has a water drilling and purification business in Guam.
“He feels great empathy for Mr. Maraj’s family and tremendous remorse for any role he played in his death,” Gann said by telephone after court. He suggested that Polevich could have a medical problem that made him not “fully aware of what he was doing,” while pointing out that it was not a legal justification.
Messages were sent to representatives of Nicki Minaj, who described her father’s death as “the most devastating loss of my life” in a post on her website last year.
Grammy-nominated rapper and platinum seller, known for songs like “Anaconda”, “Starships” and “Super Bass”, was born Onika Tanya Maraj.
In interviews years ago, she described a troubled relationship with her father. But he later said he has changed.
After his death, he wrote about the desire to be able to pick up the phone and talk to him.
“He was very dear and I will miss him very much,” he wrote.
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The driver pleads guilty to the accident that killed Nicki Minaj’s father
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