A success-and-run driver pleaded responsible Friday in a suburban New York crash thatand was promised a 12 months or much less in jail, disappointing prosecutors and the hip-hop star’s mom.
In state courtroom in Lengthy Island’s Nassau County, businessman Charles Polevich admitted leaving the scene of the February 2021 accident that fatally injured Robert Maraj as he walked alongside a street in Mineola.
Polevich initially received out of his automotive and regarded on the injured man on the bottom, however then drove off, did not name 911, garaged his automotive and lined it with a tarp, authorities stated. Polevich pleaded responsible to tampering with proof by concealing the automotive.
Maraj, 64, died at a hospital the following day.
Choose Howard Sturim stated Polevich would get “no a couple of 12 months in jail,” together with group service and a suspended license. The 71-year-old is because of be sentenced Aug. 3.
The sufferer’s widow, Carol Maraj, informed reporters she was “not comfortable” with the deliberate sentence. The widow, who’s suing Polevich, stated seeing him in courtroom left her shaking on the reminiscence of her husband combating for his life within the hospital.
Prosecutors, who sought a one-to-three-year jail sentence, additionally took challenge with the deliberate penalty.
“Given the severity of the defendant’s conduct, we disagree with the sentencing dedication from the courtroom,” Nassau County District Legal professional’s workplace spokesperson Brendan Brosh stated in a press release.
Polevich’s lawyer, Marc Gann, referred to as the hit-and-run “fully out of character” for his shopper, who hails from Lengthy Island however has a drilling and water purification enterprise in Guam.
“He does really feel large empathy for Mr. Maraj’s household and large regret for any function he performed in his demise,” Gann stated by cellphone after courtroom. He advised that Polevich may need had a medical drawback that made him not “absolutely conscious of what he was doing,” whereas noting that it wasn’t a authorized justification.
Messages had been despatched to representatives for Nicki Minaj, who referred to as her father’s demise “essentially the most devastating lack of my life” in a publish on her web site final 12 months.
The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper — recognized for tracks together with “Anaconda,” “Starships” and “Tremendous Bass” — was born Onika Tanya Maraj.
In interviews years in the past, she described a troubled relationship together with her father. However she later stated he had modified.
After his demise, she wrote about wishing she might choose up the cellphone and discuss to him. In afinal 12 months, Minaj stated it has been essentially the most devastating lack of her life.
She went on to say, “I discover myself eager to name him on a regular basis. Extra so now that he is gone.”