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Football Player May Avoid Criminal Charges for Hit-and-run

Marshawn Lynch, a professional football player, is expected to plead guilty to a minor traffic violation in lieu of a criminal charge for a hit-and-run accident he was linked to at the end of May. Lynch is accused of hitting a pedestrian with his SUV at 3:30 am. He and a passenger claim that they did not realize they had struck anyone or caused any personal injury. Police reports indicate that it was a dark, rainy night and the victim was wearing dark clothing. The victim claims the SUV struck her, slowed down, came to a complete stop, and then sped away. Instead of being charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, Lynch will likely face a reduced charge of either failure to exercise due care to avoid striking a pedestrian or leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.