Local Man Who Left Daughter, 6, And Fled After Wreck Sentenced

A Central Texas man who fled after a four-vehicle accident, leaving his 6-year-old daughter behind in his car, was sentenced to prison Wednesday.

Otis Kirven (Jail photo)

WACO (March 26, 2014) Otis Dwayne Kirven, 27, who fled after a four-vehicle accident in 2012 in Waco, leaving his 6-year-old daughter behind in his car, was sentenced to prison Wednesday.

Kirven was convicted of aggravated assault and failure to stop and render aid in the May 2012 incident.

Jurors sentenced him Wednesday to 35 years in prison on the assault charge and 20 years in prison on the failure to stop and render aid charge, prosecutors said.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

"Justice in this case has been served,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Bullajian said.

Not only are we pleased with the jury's verdict, but we are also pleased that they have taken appropriate steps to ensure that this defendant will not be a threat to anyone else in this community for a long time,” he said.

Kirven was arrested on May 11, 2012 after a four-vehicle collision at the intersection of Lake Air Drive and Sanger Avenue.

Kirven ran after the accident, leaving his 6-year-old daughter behind, authorities said.

A McLennan Community College police officer who witnessed the wreck secured the child and put her in his vehicle to await police.

Officers were quickly able to locate the fleeing driver at nearby Ashton Oaks apartment complex, but had to use their stun guns to subdue him, police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said

A woman who was injured in the accident was taken to a local hospital.

So was Kirven, who received minor injuries.

After he was treated, he was taken to the McLennan County Jail.

The Waco Police Department's Victim Services Unit took custody of the young child until other family members could pick her up.


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