Charles Polevich, the man who fatally struck Nicki Minaj’s father then fled the scene has denied all wrongdoing, according to court documents obtained by Radar.
Back in February, Minaj’s father was killed after being hit by a vehicle in New York. He was reportedly walking on the street around 6 pm when the vehicle struck him then fled the scene before help arrived. The 64-year-old was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injures. A couple of days later, police apprehended 70-year-old Polevich in connection with the death. Officers believed he was the driver who fled the scene and charged him with leaving the scene of an incident and tampering with physical evidence.
Polevich pleaded not guilty and was released on bail but his driver’s license has been suspended and he’s prohibited from leaving the state of New York. Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said Polevich knew what he did before leaving the scene. He said, “He was absolutely aware of what happened. 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.”
Fitzpatrick ended, “He went home and secluded the vehicle. He’s well aware of what he did.” The police say after Polevich hit Nicki’s dad, he exited the car and asked Maraj if he was OK before fleeing the scene.
Police were able to track down Polevich’s 1992 Volvo station wagon using surveillance video. He reportedly went home and tried to hide the car in a detached garage.
Nicki Minaj’s mother, Carol Maraj, filed a $150 million civil lawsuit against Polevich in March, accusing him of being negligent, reckless, and careless when he hit her husband.
Polevich has denied all allegations of wrongdoing and asks for the case to be dismissed. His lawyer says he was faced with an emergency and had to make a “sudden and unexpected circumstance, not of his own making,” A judge has yet to rule on his request for dismissal.
He scheduled to appear in court in August.