Nicki Minaj’s father killed by hit-and-run driver, police say

Mineola, New York – The 64-year-old father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died after being hit by a hit-and-run driver on Long Island, police said. Robert Maraj walked along a road in Mineola at. 18.15 Friday when he was hit by a car that was continuing, Nassau County police said. Maraj was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead Saturday.

CBS New York spoke with a neighbor who lives right in front of where the incident happened.

“We just saw a jacket torn up, cut up and tried to make sure the man had a pulse,” she said. “All I was hoping for was that the person had a pulse and survived. I’m speechless. I do not know what to say.”

Police are asking several witnesses to the fatal crash to come forward.

Minaj, 38, was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and grew up in the Queens district of New York.

She has not made any public statement about her father’s death.

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