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Man Arrested In Connection To Hit-And-Run Death Of Rapper Nicki Minaj's Father

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Police on Long Island have made an arrest in the hit-and-run death of the father of rapper-songwriter Nicki Minaj. The driver turned himself in Wednesday and faced a judge; CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: Police on Long Island have made an arrest in the hit-and-run death of the father of rapper and songwriter Nicki Minaj.

MAURICE DUBOIS: The driver turned himself in today and faced a judge. CBS News' Caitlyn Gusoff has the story from Mineola.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: 70-year-old Charles Polevich said nothing en route to arraignment. Accused as the driver that struck 64-year-old Robert Maraj, got out of his car, looked at the dying victim, then kept driving.

MICHELLE DOS SANTOS: They asked me, is he alive? Is he unconscious? And I screamed there was somebody else out there. And I said, they're asking me if he's-- they said he was breathing and that's all I know.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: On busy Roslyn Road in Mineola, neighbors say it appears the victim, navigating around snow, was walking in the street. Nicki Minaj, who changed her name from Maraj, has not publicly commented on her father's death.

Nicki Minaj makes no secret of her estrangement to her father. On her website she calls him a severe drug addict with a long history of violence.

The accused driver charged with leaving the scene and tampering with evidence. His attorney Michael Scotto described it as a tragic accident, adding, their thoughts are with the Maraj family. Nassau Police say through surveillance video they tracked the car to his nearby Mineola home where he hid the damaged vehicle in this detached garage.

JOHN FITZPATRICK: Secreted in the garage, covered it up, did things to alter us being able to discover that car.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Had he not fled, Polevich may not have been charged. The defendant, who lives most of the year in Guam, was ordered to turn over his passport and released on a quarter million dollars bond. In Mineola, Long Island, Carolyn Gusoff, CBS2 News.