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Son Of Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin Is Facing Charges After Fleeing Accident

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Head coach Joe Philbin of the Miami Dolphins watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Head coach Joe Philbin of the Miami Dolphins watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Matthew Philbin, son of Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, is facing legal issues stemming from a car accident that took place several months ago.

The 26-year-old Philbin is a U.S. Army first lieutenant and former graduate of West Point.  He had previously served overseas for a year and is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

The accident took place in Austin, Texas and according to a police report Philbin crashed his Jeep into a Honda Civic and eventually fled the scene of the accident despite knowing that there was an injured driver inside the Honda.

The report states that Philbin was driving the wrong way down a one-way street when he collided with the other car.  The driver of the Civic was 22-year-old Kristen Robinson who had a green light when the accident occurred.

Robinson suffered injuries to her head, arm and neck and according to a witness who saw the incident, she appeared to be in shock immediately following the crash.

The witness stopped and asked for Philbin’s cell phone in order to call for help, but according to Austin Police Detective D. Drake, Philbin refused and asked both the victim and the witness not to call the police.  Both Robinson and the witness would later identify Philbin in a lineup.

Shortly thereafter the accident Philbin flagged down a taxicab and fled the scene but left behind his wallet, iPhone and military I.D.

When looking at Philbin’s phone, police found text messages from a friend that was concerned he was driving while intoxicated.

A court date for Philbin has been set for July 7. He is charged with failing to stop and render aid which is a third-degree felony.

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