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Bills RB Lynch scheduled to plead guilty to traffic violation Friday

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Bills running back Marshawn Lynch is scheduled to plead guilty to a traffic violation Friday, settling a monthlong investigation into the hit-and-run accident involving his SUV.

Lynch's attorney, Michael Caffery, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he will be with his client during the plea at the state Department of Motor Vehicles' traffic violations bureau in Buffalo. Caffery wouldn't disclose what the violation was, except to say, "We're hoping we'll have everything resolved tomorrow."

Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael DeGeorge confirmed Lynch's scheduled appearance, while Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark declined comment.

By pleading guilty to a violation, Lynch will avoid a criminal charge.

Lynch's plea is part of a tentative agreement he reached with Clark last week. The deal was set shortly before a grand jury was to begin hearing testimony from Bills players and team executives to determine whether Lynch was driving the Porsche Cayenne when it struck and injured a female pedestrian outside the city's bar district early May 31.

Clark said the deal was based on the assumption Lynch was behind the wheel.

The victim, identified as a 27-year-old woman from suburban Toronto, had a bruised hip and a cut that required seven stitches. She was treated and released from a hospital on the same day.

Investigators grew frustrated by the lack of cooperation from Lynch and the Bills. That eventually led Clark to subpoena three players and at least two Bills officials, including chief operating officer Russ Brandon, to appear before the grand jury.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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