Driver arrested for allegedly killing Nicki Minaj's father in hit-and-run

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  • A man has been arrested and charged in connection with Nicki Minaj's father's death.
  • The rapper's father, Robert Maraj, was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Friday.
  • Charles Polevich has since been charged with "leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality and tampering with evidence".

A driver accused of striking and killing US rapper Nicki Minaj's father in a hit-and-run has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

Charles Polevich, 70, was charged with "leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality and tampering with evidence," New York state's Nassau County Police said on Twitter.

Polevich, who pleaded not guilty, was released on a $250 000 (R3.7 million) bond, his lawyer Michael Scotto told CNN.

Minaj's 64-year-old father Robert Maraj was walking down the street in the municipality of Mineola on Long Island on Friday when he was struck by a car.

The driver fled the scene and Maraj was taken to the hospital where he died Saturday.

Minaj, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago but raised in a Queens neighbourhood not far from where her father was struck, has not yet issued an official statement.

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