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Ndamukong Suh of Detroit Lions sued for $1 million by woman

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A woman involved in a single-car accident with Ndamukong Suh is suing the Detroit Lions defensive tackle for more than $1 million in an Oregon court, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The lawsuit, which Saadia Van Winkle filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday, claims Suh engaged in negligence, reckless driving and intentional infliction of emotional distress when he crashed his 1970 Chevrolet Coupe into a curb, a light pole, a drinking fountain and a tree on Dec. 3, 2011, in downtown Portland.

Suh was in his hometown during his two-game NFL-mandated suspension for stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith when the accident occurred.

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Van Winkle's attorney, Sarah Nelson, said her client suffered neck and back injuries, including a cut above her eye, in the accident and required stitches.

Suh called 911 after the accident but denied medical attention was needed for him or his passengers. Van Winkle was riding in the car with Suh and a woman whom Suh was dating at the time, according to the Free Press.

"I think the important facts are that at the scene of the accident, my client was bleeding from her head," Nelson said. "She had a laceration above her right eye that required sutures, and when he called 911, he said that nobody was injured. He never reported to the police that anybody was injured, never reported to the police that my client was in the car. Meanwhile, she's bleeding from her head, and he's screaming at her to get out of the car and telling her she's not hurt."

Nelson also alleges that Suh offered her $700 the day after the accident in an effort to "buy her silence."

The Associated Press left a phone message for Suh's attorney, but the call wasn't immediately returned.

Police said Suh wasn't impaired and was cooperative with officers following the accident. In the following days, police said they had no plans to investigate the accident further after two women claimed they suffered injuries in the wreck.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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