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Pahala fire captain’s role in accident investigated

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The Hawaii County Fire Department will reopen an internal investigation involving a Pahala fire captain convicted of leaving the scene of a traffic accident that killed pedestrian Dale Tim Sing, his 22-year-old neighbor.

The department investigation of Konrad K. Mossman was initiated shortly after the Aug. 4, 2005, incident occurred but was suspended pending the outcome of the criminal case, said William Brilhante, an attorney for Hawaii County.

"We should have a conclusion shortly," he said.

Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira will make the final decision on what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken against Mossman.

Mossman pleaded no contest Jan. 12 to leaving the scene of an accident. Under a plea agreement he was sentenced last Wednesday to serve 90 days of a one-year sentence, 10 years’ probation, and pay $125,000 restitution.

Mossman initially told police his wife, Huihui Lavon Kanahele-Mossman, was driving the Ford F-250 pickup truck when it hit Tim Sing.

Mossman was promoted to captain in 2009 and has been serving continuously since the accident.

Tim Sing’s family has sued Mossman, his wife and Hawaii County in a wrongful-death case.

 

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