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Hit and Run and Hide

We still don't know who was driving Marshawn Lynch's vehicle when it struck a woman on Chippewa Street early Saturday morning. But it's high time Lynch and his associates provided the Buffalo police with some answers. At 3:30 today, it will have been 84 hours -- fully half a week -- since the incident occurred. That's outrageous. Obviously, the cops are getting impatient. Early today, a police spokesman said they "expect some answers" soon or they'll take "some other action."

What is Lynch hiding from? He needs to come clean with the truth and let the criminal justice system take its course. It's still unclear who was driving, or whether Lynch was even in the car. It won't be a surprise if his lawyer tells us tomorrow that someone else was driving, and that Marshawn showed "bad judgment" by allowing someone else to drive his 2008 Porsche on Chippewa at 3:30 a.m.

Whatever the explanation, this is yet another troubling incident for the Bills' management, which can no longer hold itself up as a model of good behavior. Anthony Hargrove, James Hardy, now this. Let's not forget, Lynch was drafted to replace Willis McGahee, who trashed Buffalo for its lack of night life and was derided in the media and in public for his goofy behavior. Is this what fans get instead: A running back who hangs out on Chippewa until 3:30 a.m. and could be accused of a hit-and-run?

Lynch gets the benefit of the doubt for now, but it's an outrage that he could avoid speaking to the cops for this long. All over town, people are shaking their heads and wondering, "Gee, if this had been me, do you think I could hole up in my house for three days without facing any consequences?"

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