Kevin O'Leary's wife charged in fatal Ontario boat crash

Kevin O'Leary's wife charged in fatal Ontario boat crash

Ontario Provincial Police say Linda O'Leary, 56, of Toronto, has been charged with careless operation of a vessel.

Police have identified the dead as Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida, and Susanne Brito, 48, from Uxbridge, Ontario.

As well, New York-resident Richard Ruh, 57, has been charged with failing to exhibit navigation light while underway.

A NY man who was driving the other boat was also charged in connection with the incident.

Linda O'Leary broke her foot in the crash and required surgery, he said.

We're told Linda is going to "vigorously fight the charge".

He said O'Leary is a "a cautious, and certainly experienced boater" who collided with an "unlit craft on a dark and moonless night on Lake Joseph".

Ruh did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

After the crash occurred at the end of August, Kevin O'Leary released a statement that said the other boat involved in the collision "had no navigation lights on and then fled the scene". "My heartfelt prayers and condolences to the victims, the families and those affected by this loss".

O'Leary, known on "Shark Tank" as "Mr".

Conservative Party of Canada's leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary speaks at a news conference in Toronto, Canada April 26, 2017.

Staff Sgt. Carolle Dionne, a spokesperson for the OPP, said Tuesday the charges follow "a thorough investigation" and carry a maximum penalty of 18 months imprisonment or a fine of $1 million.

Through his spokesman, he claimed that the second boat had "fled", didn't have navigational lights and that it was, in fact, his wife who was driving the vessel.

Police say the Canada Shipping Act is a federal responsibility, so the Public Prosecution Service of Canada will be managing the ensuing court processes.

"I can't get into the specifics of her action, how she was being careless", she said.

O'Leary is scheduled to appear in Parry Sound court on October 29 to answer to the charge.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published September 24, 2019.

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