After admitting to her involvement in a Toronto boat crash, Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary‘s wife, Linda O’Leary, has now been charged with careless operation in relation to the accident. The Ontario Provincial Police confirmed the news to In Touch on September 24, with Constable Joe Scalie explaining, “The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged two vessel operators following investigation into a collision that claimed two lives and injured three other persons on Lake Joseph on Saturday, August 24, 2019. After completing a thorough investigation under the direction of Detective Inspector Martin Graham, OPP has charged Linda O’Leary, aged 56 years of Toronto, Ontario with Careless Operation of a Vessel contrary to section 1007 of the Canada Shipping Act, Small Vessel Regulations.”
The police noted that “the accused will appear in Provincial Offences Court in Parry Sound on October 29, 2019.” Additionally, they shared that the other boater involved is also facing charges. “Richard Ruh, aged 57 years of Orchard Park, New York, United States of America is charged with Failing to Exhibit Navigation Light while Underway contrary to section 23 of the Canada Shipping Act, Collision Regulations,” Scalie continued. “As the Canada Shipping Act is a federal responsibility, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) will be managing the ensuing court processes.”
A representative for the Shark Tank star shared a statement with In Touch on Mr. Wonderful’s behalf back in August. “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,” the 65-year-old said. “I am fully cooperating with authorities. 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.”
Linda was the one driving the boat at the time of the accident. When the two vessels collided, the O’Leary’s boat went over the bow of the other, striking a male passenger in the head. The man was killed instantly, and another woman died later after being transported to the hospital.
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