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'Shark Tank' Star Kevin O'Leary And Wife Should 'Do The Time' If Found Guilty In Boat Crash, Victim's Brother Says
O'Leary says the larger boat his wife crashed into didn't have its navigation lights on, but passengers on that vessel dispute that fact.
If ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin O’Leary or his wife are guilty in a boat crash that killed two over the weekend, they should “do the time,” according to one victim’s brother.
O’Leary, his wife Linda and a third unidentified passenger were traveling in a small boat owned by O’Leary Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. when the boat—which O’Leary claims was being driven by Linda—went over the bow of another larger vehicle striking and immediately killing 64-year-old Gary Poltash. Susanne Brito, a 48-year-old mother of three from Ontario, died Wednesday at a hospital from her injuries.
After the fatal crash in Canada, Poltash’s brother, Larry Poltash told The Toronto Sun that he sincerely hopes the investigation determines the crash was just a tragic accident; however, if O’Leary or his wife are found to be responsible that “they’ve got to do the time.”
In a statement, O’Leary claimed the larger boat did not have its navigation lights on at the time of the crash, making it difficult to see the vessel at night.
“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,” O’Leary said according to TMZ. “I am fully cooperating with authorities.”
But O’Leary’s comments don't appear entirely consistent with some of the information being released by police about the crash, Vice reports.
West Parry Sound OPP Constable Joe Scali said that both boats left the scene to get help.
“Both boats did leave the scene … to contact emergency services,” he said. “Ambulance received 911 calls from parties of both boats.”
People aboard the larger 13-passenger boat also dispute O’Leary’s claim that the navigation lights were off. They said the lights were on at the time of the crash.
An OPP spokesperson has declined to comment of the status of the lights, saying they were not going to comment “on the specifics in relation to equipment, direction, and such in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.”
An O’Leary family spokesperson has said that Linda O’Leary was given a sobriety test after the incident, which she passed.
Larry Poltash told The Toronto Sun that the larger boat was being driven by medical doctor, who he described as a “cool, calm and collected” man who “does not panic.”
Gary Poltash’s two adult children plan to travel to Canada to try to learn more about how their father died, Larry Poltash said.
He described his younger brother as a successful accountant who had retired to Belleair Beach, a community near Clearwater, Florida about three years ago.
Brito’s lifelong friend Holly Canivet described the mother of three as someone who was always giving and loved to travel, according to The Toronto Sun.
She was devoted to her children, ages nine, 11 and 13.
“She was very involved in their activities and was always messaging me about doing things with the kids,” Canivet said.
In addition to her children, Brito also leaves behind her parents, a brother and a sister.
“Many, many people have been devastated by this,” Canivet said.