The man charged with killing Nicki Minaj‘s father is now facing a lawsuit from the rapper’s dad’s widow.
Charles Polevich, 70, was arrested on February 17 and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality and tampering with evidence. Police say Polevich knowingly left the scene instead of calling for help on February 12, after he allegedly struck Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, with his car between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue in Mineola, NY. Maraj passed away due to his injuries in a local hospital shortly after.
Nicki’s mom, Carol Maraj, filed a lawsuit on Friday, March 20, and is asking for $150 million.
Maraj’s attorneys, Ben Crump and Paul Napoli, filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court in Nassau County.
“He [Polevich] was not only irresponsible and negligent, but more concerned about running away and hiding than seeking help,” Crump wrote on social media. “Polevich’s behavior was criminal, cowardly, and immoral. We will hold him responsible for his reckless actions that led to Robert Maraj’s death!”
Polevich’s lawyer, Marc Gann, gave a statement to Law&Crime that said the insurance company would handle the civil suit and he would not comment on the case. However, Gann did say that his client had a “tremendous amount of empathy for the family, the loss that they’ve suffered, and expressed condolences.”
On the day of Polevich’s arrest, Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick gave a chilling description of what occurred around 6 pm on February 12. “He’s absolutely aware of what happened,” the detective said about Polevich at a press conference. “He got out of the car, looked at the deceased, got into his car and made the conscious decision to leave instead of dialing 911 and calling an ambulance for the man. He went home and secreted his vehicle.”
Police were able to use nearby video footage to track down the vehicle to his address. Polevich struck Maraj with a 1992 Volvo Station Wagon, which Lt. Fitzpatrick says is “more distinctive than modern cars.”
“He did things to alter us from being able to discover the car,” he said at the time, referring to how Polevich covered the vehicle in question with a tarp. “We were able to track that vehicle prior to the accident as well as after the accident and we just tracked it to his house.”