NFL coach’s son charged with leaving scene in Austin crash

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Matthew Philbin, the son of Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, was charged with failure to stop and render aid in a downtown crash in March.

The story was first published by the Miami Herald.

Philbin, 26, was heading the wrong way down Eighth Street on March 23 when the Jeep he was driving ran a red light and crashed into a Honda Accord driven by 22-year-old Kristen Robinson, an arrest affidavit said.

Robinson suffered eye, neck and head injuries and appeared to be in shock after the crash, the warrant said.

A witness who spoke with Philbin after the crash told police Philbin appeared to be intoxicated. When the witness asked to use Philbin’s cell phone to call police, he refused.

Philbin, a first lieutenant in the Army stationed at Fort Hood, then tried to discourage the woman and witness from calling police before leaving the scene and getting in a cab, the document read.

Police who arrived on scene found Philbin’s iPhone and military ID sitting inside the Jeep. While looking at the phone, an officer read a text conversation from a friend who was concerned Philbin was driving while intoxicated, the report said.

Robinson and the witness were able to identify Philbin in a photo lineup.

Philbin’s attorney later contacted police, asking them to delay the investigation.

“[The attorney asked] that I delay the criminal investigation so that [Philbin] could get promoted May 1, 2014, before the military became aware of the incident,” the officer stated in the report.

Philbin is a West Point graduate and was stationed for a period of time in Iraq and Kuwait, NBC Sports said.

The attorney later said in an email that Philbin “made the mistake of leaving the location in a taxi,” according to the document.

Failure to stop and render aid is a third-degree felony.

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