Nicki Minaj's Mother Sues For 150 Million Over Husbands Death Who Was Killed In A Hit & Run Accident

June 19, 2021

By: William Beavers

Rapper Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, 64, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in February 2021. As reported by WOSL Radio, Minaj’s mother, Carol Maraj, is seeking $150 million in monetary damages from Keyspan Energy and Robert J. Banker Construction, whom she claimed were negligent in Robert Maraj’s death.

According to TMZ, Nassau County Police in New York said that Robert was walking on the road between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue on Friday, February 12 at 6 pm when he was hit by a vehicle heading northbound. Police said the driver fled the scene without a meaningful description from witnesses. Robert was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries and passed over the weekend.

If grieving and finding the driver responsible isn’t hard enough, now Carol Maraj has to deal with negligence from Keyspan and Robert J. Banker. Keyspan Energy was contracted by New York City to replace the lighting at the intersection where Robert was killed. Robert J. Banker Construction was hired to work on the same intersection.

According to WOSL Radio, Mrs. Maraj claimed: “[Robert’s death] was due to the negligent acts of defendant KEYSTONE, its agents, servants and superiors in the performance of work, maintenance, operation and control of the subject worksite with utter disregard of the result upon the rights and safety of the plaintiff, either alone or in conjunction with its agents.” Mrs. Maraj felt like both companies failed to keep the worksite safe and that’s what caused her husband’s death.

She originally sued the driver, Charles Polevich, 70, for $150 million as well for his part in the killing and fleeing the scene, but he denied any wrongdoing, claiming that Robert was “reckless, careless, and negligent in crossing the street.” His excuse for fleeing was an unknown “personal emergency” and Polevich wants the case dismissed altogether. A judge has not yet ruled on his request.