Driver pleads guilty in crash that killed Nicki Minaj’s dad


Charles Polevich, the hit-and-run driver who struck Robert Maraj, Nicki Minaj’s father, has pleaded guilty to two charges.

The 71-year-old businessman admitted in Nassau county state court to leaving Maraj on the side of the road to die after he struck him while he was walking along a snowy road in Mineola in February 2021.

According to the criminal complaint, Polevich initially got out of his car and looked at the injured man on the ground, but then drove off, didn’t call 911, garaged his car, and covered it with a tarp.

Maraj, 64, died at a hospital the next day.

Brendan Brosh, Nassau county district attorney spokesman, disclosed that Howard Sturim, the judge, committed Polevich to “no more than one year in jail,” with community service and license suspension.

Polevich, who pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence after he hid the vehicle, is expected to be back in court on August 3 for sentencing.

During his plea hearing on Friday, Polevich confessed to hitting Maraj before taking off without reporting the crash to authorities.