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Woman Claims NFL Back|Ran Her Over in Porsche SUV

BUFFALO, N.Y. (CN) - Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch ran over a woman while driving his Porsche SUV "in an intoxicated state," the woman claims in Erie Count Court. Kimberly Shpeley says Lynch seriously injured her with his Porsche Cayenne at 3:30 a.m. as she crossed a street in downtown Buffalo.

The accident occurred in the city's club district. Shpeley says Lynch was drunk when he hit her and kept driving.

"[Lynch] operated his motor vehicle in such a reckless, careless and negligent manner, while in an intoxicated state, so as to lose control ... causing the [vehicle] to strike the pedestrian plaintiff," according to the complaint.

The 27-year-old Ontario woman says she sustained "severe, painful and permanent injuries."

Lynch, 23, reached a deal with prosecutors which allowed him to avoid criminal charges, but his New York driver's license was revoked, according to the Buffalo News. He pleaded guilty to failure to exercise due care toward a pedestrian and paid a $100 fine.

The bruising back known as "Beast Mode" did not face any disciplinary action from the NFL for the hit and run.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Lynch for the first three games of the 2009 season for violating the league's personal conduct policy, after a misdemeanor gun charge in Los Angeles. The Oakland native was sentenced to community service and 3 years probation, espn.com reported.

Lynch, the Bills first-round draft pick in 2007, posted career lows in every major statistical category this season and was relegated to the unfamiliar role of backup by year's end.

He was named the Pac-10 offensive player of the year in 2006 at Cal, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008.

Shpeley is seeking unspecified damages and costs. She is represented by Timothy O'Connell with Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn.

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