Lynch a possible suspect in Hit and Run

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  1. C Darwin

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    Marshawn Lynch a possible suspect in Hit and Run

    Breaking News WGRZ is reporting that Marshawn Lynch's car may have been involved in a hit and run accident at the corner of Delaware and Chippewa Streets at 3:30 am Saturday Morning. A victim reportedly remained on the ground for 15 minutes before getting up under her own power to walk to the ambulance.

    It is unclear whether Lynch was driving or even in the car that struck the women.
    Stay with BillsInsider.com as we track all the latest breaking news as it happens.

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    POLICE FOUND SUV IN LYNCH'S DRIVEWAY
    Posted by Michael David Smith on June 4, 2008, 11:36 a.m.
    The Buffalo News is reporting that police discovered Bills running back Marshawn Lynch's SUV parked in his driveway shortly after it struck a woman early Saturday morning.

    The paper reports that the SUV had damage that linked it to the scene of the accident. Sources also tell the paper that Lynch was seen in the area where the accident took place not long before the incident.

    "I think it's fair to say that, if Mr. Lynch was not driving the vehicle, he probably has a pretty good idea who was," Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. "At no point has Mr. Lynch reported his vehicle had been stolen that police are aware of."

    Although neither Lynch nor anyone else has been identified as a suspect, DeGeorge said, "Charges are going to be filed at some point. No question about that."

    Once the police think they know the identity of the driver, the charge will apparently be leaving the scene of an accident, which is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of one year in jail.

    So, it looks like he was at least in the car... He still has not spoken to the Bills or the police.
     
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    Sources: Witnesses Say Lynch was Behind the Wheel
    http://www.wgrz.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=58323

    Two Sources involved in the investigation tell Two On Your Side that a witness has placed Bills Running Back Marshawn Lynch behind the wheel of his S.U.V. at the time of a hit-and-run accident early Saturday morning.

    A source who asked not to be identified tells Channel 2 that investigators have four witnesses that say Lynch was driving.

    Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark would not confirm that information, but did say that investigators continue to follow a number of leads as they build their case.

    Two On Your Side's Adam Benigni spoke to Lynch's attorney Michael Caffery Thursday. He wouldn't comment when asked if Lynch was driving the car, but did say progress is being made toward a sit down meeting between Lynch and investigators.

    District Attorney Frank Clark tells Two On Your Side they now have evidence that Marshawn Lynch was on Chippewa Street the same night as the hit and run accident occured.

    The Buffalo Police Department says they've contacted Marshawn Lynch's attorney about the investigation into a hit-and-run accident involving a Porsche SUV registered to the Buffalo Bills running back. Spokesperson Mike DeGeorge says investigators want answers. "It's safe to say the ball is in their court, and the clock is ticking," said DeGeorge.

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    The SUV remains in the custody of the Buffalo Police as part of the investigation. "The car is not going anywhere," says DeGeorge.

    The accident happened at 3:30am at the corner of Chippewa and Delaware in Buffalo.

    According to the police report, the SUV was driving westbound on Chippewa and turning left to go south on Delaware when it hit a female pedestrian who was attempting to cross the street. Police confirm there was front end damage to the car, and the report says a broken off piece of the car was recovered at the scene and turned in as evidence.

    Police say their security cameras at that intersection were operational at the time. But the spokesman said if the accident was caught on video, it would not yet be released because it would be part of an ongoing investigation.

    Several staff members of a nearby bar tell us they saw a woman lying in the street for approximately 15 minutes, but they say the woman eventually got up under her own power and walked to an awaiting ambulance.

    The female pedestrian who was struck has been treated and released from Buffalo General Hospital.

    The Bills issued a a brief statement Monday:

    "At this point in time, we want to let the process play out before we make any comments relative to the situation as we don't know all the facts...The investigation is ongoing by the Buffalo Police Department and all comments relative to Marshawn are being handled by his attorney, Michael Caffery. Anything beyond that is speculation and we will refrain from that."

    A source tells 2-On-Your-Side the vehicle was recovered by Buffalo police from Lynch's home.

    His agent did not return 2 On Your Side's calls.

    Lynch was the Bills 2007 First Round Draft pick out of California.

    He's been taking part in voluntary workouts at One Bills Drive and is expected to be there when practices resume Tuesday.
     
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    This just keeps getting more and more interesting. People being caught in their lies is priceless.
     
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    Talk about black skin privilege. The only whites I can think of who got away with this kind of stonewallingwere the very wealthy parents of Jon-Bonet Ramsey. It's Lynch's vehicle involved, just sitting in his driveway,but it takes police days to announce he's a suspect? And Lynch has yet to talk to them? How many whitescould pull this off? And I'll bet right now that most likelyany charges will end up being dropped or reduced to minor misdemeanor status. Can't let something like this interfere with Marshawn's time on the field.


    Black athletes continue to get the "O.J. Pass" when it comes to being accountable for their crimes.
     
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    Decent people don't commit hit and runs. That article was unbelievable. When I got to the "hallelujah!" part my jaw dropped, I coldn't believe what I was reading. Of course it just got worse from there.
     
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    I'm waiting for an article praising the "depth of soul" of a white athlete after he is accused of hitting a black woman with his car at 3 in the morning and then taking off. On second thought, I'm not. The person that wrote this garbage is as morally depraved as Lynch.
     
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    What else is new? Bruthasdefend bruthas - no matter what.


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    This reminds me of years ago when i was crossing a playground very one morning and a little kid ran into me with his tricycle. There was nobody else there but me and his father and the playground was pretty big, yet the kid ran into me. Me and the kids father just laughed and I kept going. Maybe the kid was 3-4 yrs old.

    Same thing with these idiot blacks. Nobody else around, but they manage to hit someone. The difference being of course they're not 3-4 yrs old and nobody's laughing.

    I still think the window of opportunity for blacks in the NFL is closing. Imperceptably now, but closing nontheless. They're just bad for business and when you become bad for business, your out.

    Tom Iron...
     
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    I should've known. The article was deeply insulting. Offending people comes as naturally to blacks as breathing.
     
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    FOCUS: BILLS STAR UNDER INVESTIGATION

    Police will attempt to question Lynch and teammates today about accident

    Truth is goal as officer goes to stadium in bid to end players' silence

    By Dan Herbeck and Gene Warner NEWS STAFF REPORTERS
    Updated: 06/12/08 7:48 AM

    Problems with police

    Police told The Buffalo News that Lynch has no arrest record in New York State and has a clean driving record in the state.

    But some police officers in Buffalo and Hamburg are not surprised to hear that Lynch is having legal difficulties.

    Lynch was tossed out of two Chippewa Street bars in recent months because he brought in his own bottle of liquor, which is illegal under state alcohol laws, according to three law enforcement officials.

    "[Buffalo police] have been told by bar owners that he'll walk in, order a glass of pop and pour his own liquor into it," one officer said. "He was told that you can't do that, and it doesn't matter if you're Marshawn Lynch."

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]Hip hip hooray! He's lived in New York for what, ten months and hasn't been arrested yet (at least till this turtle-like investigation moves along a little further)? An astounding achievement for a professional black athlete.
     
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    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - - It has just been announced that Buffalo Bills players will be called to appear before a Grand Jury in connection to player Marshawn Lynch's alleged hit and run accident in downtown Buffalo.

    On Wednesday, investigators had attempted to talk with members of the Buffalo Bills team who may have witnessed the accident, but were told that they would only be able to speak with the Buffalo Bill's attorney.

    Certain Bills' players will be subpoenaed on June 20, at 1:00 p.m.
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    Ralph Wilson, Bills execs, players to be subpoenaed in Lynch probe</font>
    Truth is goal as officers go to stadium in bid to end players' silence

    Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., chief operating officer Russ Brandon, three other Bills officials and three players are expected to be subpoenaed to tell an Erie County grand jury what they know about the hit-and-run accident involving running back Marshawn Lynch's vehicle.

    The players being issued subpoenas are Bills rookie wide receivers James Hardy and Steve Johnson and second-year offensive lineman Christian Gaddis, law-enforcement sources said late this afternoon.

    Besides Wilson and Brandon, the three team administrators being subpoenaed are Chris Clark, the team's security director; Paul Lancaster, director of player programs; and Bob Schultz, who works with the team's security force.

    Four investigators from the Buffalo Police Department spent about an hour and a half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday afternoon, interviewing the three players.

    Meanwhile, Buffalo police left One Bills Drive at about 3:30 p.m. today, after spending about an hour and a half at the stadium trying to interview players about the hit-and-run accident involving the vehicle owned by Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch.

    "Nothing good," one investigator yelled out to reporters as the four law-enforcement officials left the stadium. It was unclear whether the investigator was characterizing the interview attempts or claiming he had nothing to say.

    The law-enforcement officials arrived shortly before 2 p.m. in two vehicles ... one a marked Buffalo police car ... and entered the Bills' training facility through the security entrance. They arrived in order to try to question three or more Bills players about the night of the accident, authorities said.

    The Bills practiced from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and Lynch again declined to comment to reporters on the case. Today's workout was the last of the spring for the Bills.

    Coach Dick Jauron canceled Friday's planned workout. The team said the move had nothing to do with the police investigation. Jauron said he was giving the players a perk for their strong attendance at workouts all offseason.

    Police say that thus far they have received no cooperation from Lynch and little cooperation from his teammates in their probe of the accident that injured a 27-year-old Ontario woman who was struck while crossing the street at West Chippewa Street and Delaware Avenue on May 31.

    Lynch and at least three other Buffalo Bills players who are believed to have information about the hit-and-run accident involving Lynch's sport utility vehicle and a pedestrian in the city's Chippewa Entertainment District.

    Investigators for the Buffalo police and Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark, have been frustrated over their dealings with the Bills players.

    Police say they have received no cooperation from Lynch and little cooperation from his teammates in their probe of the accident that injured a 27-year-old Ontario woman who was struck while crossing the street at West Chippewa Street and Delaware Avenue on May 31.

    Buffalo Police Officer Allan A. Kasprzak will go to the stadium in Orchard Park this afternoon and try to question three or more Bills players about the night of the accident, authorities said.

    "I expect [Bills players] to be cooperative and truthful," Clark said. "If I get any indication that they are anything less than cooperative and truthful, I will go to the grand jury, which will compel them to testify."

    That could cause trouble  not only for Lynch, but for any other Bills player who is less than truthful.

    "If a witness lies to a police officer, that's one thing. If they lie to a grand jury, that's a criminal offense," said one official close to the case. "If the witnesses in this case don't start to cooperate, the [grand jury] subpoenas are coming out."

    Police said a grand jury probe would turn what is normally a routine police matter into a confrontational, high-profile inquiry that could last for weeks, even months.

    Prosecutors can compel a person to testify before a grand jury, but only if they give the person immunity from prosecution for the crime in question.

    Even if a person is given immunity from prosecution, that person can still be charged with perjury for any lie told to the grand jury, prosecutors said.

    Kasprzak, the hit-and-run accident investigator for the Buffalo police, was not allowed by his department to comment. But informed sources said the officer called both the Bills organization and the National Football League security office earlier this week, complaining about alleged "stonewalling" by some of the players.

    As of late Wednesday, no charges had been filed in the case, and Lynch, 22, one of the NFL's top rookies last season, still had not spoken to police.

    Lynch's attorney, Michael P. Caffery, took issue with the idea that he and his client haven't cooperated with authorities.

    "I've had two conferences with the district attorney's office and several phone calls with the Buffalo police," Caffery said. "As far as I'm concerned, we've cooperated."

    Lynch participated in Wednesday's minicamp practice at the stadium but said "no comment" when approached by reporters afterward.

    How would the Bills organization react to investigators trying to interview other players?

    "We have cooperated fully with authorities and will continue to cooperate, if asked," said Scott A. Berchtold, the Bills' vice president for communications.

    Problems with police

    Police told The Buffalo News that Lynch has no arrest record in New York State and has a clean driving record in the state.

    But some police officers in Buffalo and Hamburg are not surprised to hear that Lynch is having legal difficulties.

    Lynch was tossed out of two Chippewa Street bars in recent months because he brought in his own bottle of liquor, which is illegal under state alcohol laws, according to three law enforcement officials.

    "[Buffalo police] have been told by bar owners that he'll walk in, order a glass of pop and pour his own liquor into it," one officer said. "He was told that you can't do that, and it doesn't matter if you're Marshawn Lynch."

    Law enforcement officials in the Southtowns said Lynch attended a meeting several months ago with three high-ranking members of the Town of Hamburg police. At least one member of Lynch's family and a Bills security official also attended.

    The meeting was arranged after Lynch complained that police were being tough on him and his family, said a police official who works closely with that department.

    "From what I understand, it was a case of 'Let's clear the air here,' " the source said. "They thought the police were picking on them."

    Town police impounded a vehicle that Lynch had been using and lent to a relative. Authorities said the vehicle was impounded after that relative was arrested for violating a vehicle and traffic law.

    After the impoundment, Lynch went to Police Headquarters to reclaim the vehicle, but police wouldn't give it to him, because it actually belonged to a local car dealer.

    Lynch had a disagreement with some police personnel over the release of the vehicle, apparently prompting the clear-the-air meeting, sources said.

    In addition, Orchard Park police investigated one minor incident, last Dec. 13, near the end of the Bills' season. A vehicle apparently driven by Lynch struck a pole outside Ralph Wilson Stadium. Police responded, but no charges were filed, according to Orchard Park police records.

    Town of Hamburg police have dealt with Lynch and his family on mostly minor matters, usually involving vehicle and traffic laws.

    That is why one law enforcement official was not surprised to hear about the latest incident involving Lynch's vehicle.

    "God, no, I wasn't surprised at all," the source said. "It follows a pattern. It's the kind of stuff he's been doing. He's just so cavalier about everything. That was always my impression."

    'Sense of frustration'

    These are some of the factors that police are evaluating as they continue to investigate Lynch and the hit-and-run on Chippewa:

    Kelly Shpeley, 27, of Milton, Ont., was crossing Delaware toward the Spot Coffee shop when Lynch's Porsche SUV struck her. The vehicle had been parked on Chippewa, facing west.

    The victim was wearing dark clothing, officers said. A hard rain was falling, and road conditions were slippery. Police said the woman had the right of way.

    "As [Shpeley] crossed the road, another woman was walking in front of her. The woman in front of Shpeley was kind of dancing and singing in the street . . . like 'Singin' in the Rain.' That could have distracted whoever was driving Marshawn's car," a law enforcement official said.

    Lynch's vehicle  moving quickly but apparently below the speed limit  turned left onto Delaware and struck Shpeley, the official said.

    "The driver never stopped, just kept moving south on Delaware," the official said. "It could very well be that the driver never saw [Shpeley] and didn't know he hit her."

    Shpeley suffered two large bruises near the hip and was treated in Buffalo General Hospital, where she received seven stitches.

    After the accident, police impounded Lynch's SUV, which they found parked outside the football star's $560,000 home in the Town of Hamburg. Officers said no one answered the door of the house when they tried to speak with Lynch.

    Authorities said investigators from three Buffalo police units  Kasprzak's unit, the Central District detectives and the General Investigations Unit  are now working on the case. Detectives have been in Lynch's neighborhood, questioning neighbors, and in the Chippewa district, questioning workers and patrons.

    Clark has said his office is considering a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident.

    Buffalo police said they would like to quickly resolve the case, which was the 893rd hit-and- run report filed in the city this year. Most such cases involve property damage only.

    "There is a sense of frustration," Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.

    "I think the department would have liked to have seen this resolved in a day or two. These incidents are often resolved very quickly, but if people will not cooperate, that is different."

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    This is getting insane. They've just served papers to the Bills' COO. Have they spoken to Lynch yet? WTF?
     
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    Lynch has lawyers protecting him. Maybe he will try my hair got in my eyes defense....... [​IMG] From what I have heard on WGR this is becoming a soap opera. You know things are going bad when the Bills fans are pinning for former tailbacks that have more children than years in the league, and outright speculated that the team should move to the nearest rival city(Toronto). [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    NFL Notes: Lynch to plead guilty in hit and run

    News Source: NFL Notes: Lynch to plead guilty in hit and run San Francisco Chronicle, USA - 11 minutes ago AP (06-20) 19:37 PDT -- Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to plead guilty next week to an unspecified charge stemming from a hit-and-run ...

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    What a surprise:
    Bills' Lynch likely to duck jail
    Friday, June 20, 2008 | Print Entry
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    Bills halfback Marshawn Lynch probably escaped any jail time and possibly community service time by admitting to the Erie County District Attorney's office that he was the driver in an alleged hit-and-run incident May 31. District Attorney Frank Clark was reluctantly going to take this to a grand jury, something he felt was unnecessary but was going to do so anyway because Lynch wouldn't come forward. Though hit-and-run is a serious offense, the woman involved suffered a minor hip injury and needed some stitches. Lynch at least came forward with the guilty plea before dragging in too many of his teammates and the Bills' front office. It is not known whether the NFL will have any sanctions for Lynch.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3454596&am p;name=clayton_john
     
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    Wow, having a room-brightening smile really takes you a long way these days!

    You're even allowed to hit someone with your car, drive away, and then not tell anyone it was you until you were about to be arrested. Shocking, yet not very shocking to caste football members.

    Prediction: NO SUSPENSION, NO FINE, NO PUNISHMENT.
     
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    Gentlemen,

    You should understand that nobody gets away with anything in this world. Yes, sometimes, it appears that way, but that isn't the case. It only means that the price, is deferred for awhile. Also, when the bill is finally presented, there's interest added. You never get away with anything, EVER. I don't care if you stole a piece of chewing gum out of a store when you were eight years old. you'll pay. ALWAYS. Same with this jerk. He's just being given some more rope until he's got to settle his bill.

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