The Hawaii Reporter recently reported that the Kauai Dam Breach case is still unresolved. The dam breach was the result of illegal grading, which, one decade later, led to a breach that left seven people dead.
Vince Kanemoto, the deputy attorney general overseeing the case against landowner James Pflueger, gave him the option of pleading guilty to one charge of reckless endangerment, a felony, if his company that owns the property would plead guilty to seven counts of manslaughter.
Pflueger was supposed to appear in court on Thursday, March 14, 2013 but was granted a delay in the court proceedings. This extension is one of many, which Pflueger has been granted.
Witnesses to the dam breach reported that waves as high as 40 feet that swallowed trees, cars and debris before taking the lives of seven people who were living beside the Kahili Beach and Wailapa River.
Additionally, witnesses stated that Pflueger knew of the illegal grading and had actively covered-up the activity. In November of 2008, the state attorney general launched a criminal investigation against him that led to his indictment in November 2008.
The incident occurred in 2006 and the families are still waiting for closure.
Property owners have a legal duty to maintain property in a safe and reasonable manner. When they violate the law, they should be held responsible.
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