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Kevin O'Leary's wife charged in fatal boat crash on Lake Joseph

Last Updated Sep 24, 2019 at 1:52 pm EDT

Linda O'Leary. Photo credit: twitter

Ontario provincial police have charged two people, including the wife of Kevin O’Leary, in connection with a fatal boat crash on Lake Joseph, Ont., in August.

Linda O’Leary, 56, from Toronto, has been charged with careless operation of a vessel, contrary to the Canada Shipping Act.

Richard Ruh, 57, from Orchard Park, N.Y., has also been charged with failing to exhibit a navigation light

The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 and involved two boats.

A 64-year-old man from Florida died at the scene, while a 48-year-old woman from Uxbridge, Ont., died in hospital a few days later.

Linda O’Leary’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, said what happened was “a terrible tragedy.”

“… but we find it regrettable that the OPP has chosen to charged Mrs. O’Leary under the shipping regulations in circumstances where the person has always been a cautious, and certainly experienced boater, came in a collision with an unlit craft on a dark and moonless night on Lake Joseph,” he said.

O’Leary, the former star of the popular CBC show Dragons’ Den, said after the crash that he wasn’t driving the boat at the time, and that the other boat did not have lights on and had fled the scene.

Ruh did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

If convicted, careless operation of a vessel carries a sentence of up to 18 months imprisonment and up to a $1 million fine, Dionne said, while failing to exhibit navigation lights is a set fine, akin to a traffic ticket.

Linda O’Leary is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 29.