The driver accused of killing Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, in a hit-and-run accident on Long Island, New York, has turned himself in to police.
The Nassau County Police Department made the announcement during a news conference on Wednesday, local television station FOX 5 NY reported. The suspect was identified as 70-year-old Charles Polevich of Guam.
“He is going to be charged with leaving the scene of an auto accident with a fatality, as well as tampering with evidence,” Det. Steven Fitzpatrick told reporters.
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Polevich owns a home in the village of Mineola on Long Island. Police said he struck Maraj on the evening of Feb. 12, and briefly pulled over before fleeing the scene.
“He was absolutely aware of what happened,” said Det. Fitzpatrick. “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. He went home and secluded the vehicle. He’s well aware of what he did.”
Maraj, 64, was transported to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Polevich is now free on bail following an arraignment in Nassau County court. Due to the arrest, his driver’s license was suspended, he was ordered to surrender his passport and cannot leave the state per a judge’s order.
Nicki Minaj, real name Onika Maraj, has not issued a public statement about her father’s death.