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Hit-and-run driver behind death of Nicki Minaj’s father gets one year in jail

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The hit-and-run driver responsible for the death of Nicki Minaj‘s father learned his fate on Wednesday. TMZ reports Charles Polevich was sentenced to a year in jail in connection to the fatal car crash that killed Robert Maraj in February 2021. As part of his punishment, he also faces a six-month license suspension and is required to pay a $5,000 fine. 

As previously reported, Robert was walking in Long Island’s Mineola village back in February 2021 when he was struck by Charles, who allegedly fled the scene. Authorities said he made his escape only after getting out to look at Nicki’s father and attempted to hide the car, covering it with a tarp. He also failed to call 911.

Cops eventually discovered Charles’ vehicle with the help of security footage, and arrested him on charges of tampering with or suppressing physical evidence and leaving the scene of an incident involving the death of a person. He pleaded guilty to both charges in May.

As for Robert, he was taken to Nassau County Hospital, where he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash the following day. In a letter on her website, Nicki deemed her father’s death “the most devastating loss of my life.”

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