Wife of ‘Shark Tank’ Star Kevin O’Leary Charged in Fatal Accident

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in New York. He covers breaking news.
September 24, 2019Updated: September 24, 2019

The wife of “Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary was charged with “careless operation of a vessel” for a boat crash that left two dead in Canada.

The Ontario Provincial Police told Fox News on Sept. 24 that Linda O’Leary was charged in the crash that took place on Aug. 24. Her vessel allegedly hit a larger vessel in Ontario.

Police officials also charged Richard Ruh, who was operating the larger vehicle for “failing to exhibit navigation lights while underway.” Police said that he will get a ticket, but it’s not clear how much.

Gary Poltash, 64, reportedly died at the scene. Later, 48-year-old Susanne Brito died at the hospital.

Following the fatal accident, Kevin O’Leary issued a statement to TMZ.

“Late Saturday night I was a passenger in a boat that had a tragic collision with another craft that had no navigation lights on and then fled the scene of the accident. I am fully cooperating with authorities,” he said.

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Kevin O’Leary and Linda O’Leary attend the Tribeca Talks Panel: 10 Years Of “Shark Tank” during the 2018 Tribeca TV Festival at Spring Studios  in New York City on Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

He added: “Out of respect for the families who have lost loved ones and to fully support the ongoing investigation, I feel it is inappropriate to make further comments at this time. My thoughts are with all the families affected.”

A local police official, Martin Graham, said it is too early to determine if alcohol played a role in the crash.

“Obviously, bearing in mind one person has lost their life … it requires a complete investigation to determine the facts surrounding how this came about,” Graham told MyMuskokaNow.com.

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Daymond John, Mark Cuban, and Kevin O’Leary speak onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on Nov. 19, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Anyone with information about the crash can call 1-800-222-8477, or Crimestoppers.  “If anybody, specifically anybody that was out on the beautiful Saturday night, if they were out overlooking Lake Joseph around 11:30, if they saw or heard anything, the police would welcome them to call us,” added Graham.

Other than “Shark Tank,” he has also appeared on the CBC’s “Dragon’s Den” and “The Lang and O’Leary Exchange.”

O’Leary also appears on business news shows and appeared on CNBC last month.

He has also posted photos of a boat on his Instagram, but it is not clear if that was the one involved in the accident.

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