By Emma Perry
NICKI Minaj is “heartbroken and in shock” over the hit-and-run death of her dad, whose injuries were so severe “he didn’t stand a chance,” her mother told The Sun.
The driver fled the scene, but was arrested on Wednesday after turning himself in, cops confirmed to The Sun.
Now Nicki’s mom Carol Maraj – Robert’s former wife – has spoken out about the shocking incident for the first time.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, she revealed how despite subjecting her to years of violence and abuse when her children were little, she and her family had forgiven Robert and were left devastated by his death.
Carol claimed she visited Robert on Friday before he left the house to go to the store – and she was the last person to see him alive.
“I had to go and visit Robert about a family matter, so we spoke about that and then he left and went to go and get cigarettes,” she said.
“While I was sitting there I realized he was gone for a while. I called and no one answered the phone.
“And then his son called, and he had found out that he was in the hospital and had been hit by a car.
“When I first heard this I thought someone was in a rush, and then I heard the extent of his injuries and I thought someone had really been in a rush to hurt him like that.
“That was the first thing that came to my mind.”
Carol spent yesterday speaking to detectives investigating the case, but said she was not aware a suspect had been arrested.
Police said suspect Charles Polevich, who does not have a criminal record, will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence.
Carol said Robert’s injuries were very severe – and she wanted to get justice for her former husband.
Carole, pictured with Nicki, said tragic Robert didn’t stand a chance following the hit-and-run incidentCredit: Instagram
“He had hemorrhaging in his head, head injuries, pelvic injuries, broken ribs,” she said.
“Someone had driven into him so very fast – he didn’t have a chance.
“He was just in a regular place walking across the street in a place he has walked several times before.
“I am going to fight for justice because I don’t want Robert’s death to have been in vain.
“I will do everything I can to make sure there is justice.”
Both Carol and her rapper daughter Nicki have spoken openly about Robert’s alcohol and cocaine-fueled physical and verbal abuse – and Carol has even written a book called Leaving My Pain about her experiences in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.
At his worst, Robert tried to burn their house down with Carol inside.
Luckily Nicki and her siblings had been staying with a neighbor and were out of the house.
Another time, Robert yanked Carol out of a car when it reached a stop light, punched her in the face and tried to drag her down the street in front of his terrified children.
Carol said she would remember Robert as a fun loving family manCredit: Facebook
However despite it all, Carol said she had forgiven Robert – and the family had moved on.
And even though they split up some time ago, they remained “cordial and friendly.”
“I have forgiven Robert for many years now,” she said.
“I understand that it was a disease and that in order for me to go on and progress in my life, I had to let that go, so I forgave him.
“I have to accept that it happened to me and if I have to go on to help others to recognize these kind of abusers I have to use my stories and speak about my experiences even though I have forgiven him.
“I wouldn’t want to go on about all the negative things at this time about it because this is a time for grieving and healing.
“I don’t want to talk about bad things because I don’t want to talk ill of the dead, but it’s all there in the book already to help give strength in others.”
She said her children – including rapper Nicki…