“Shark Tank” celebrity Kevin O’Leary’s spouse was charged in August’s fatal boat accident in Canada that left two people dead.
Linda O’Leary, 56, was charged with careless operation of a boat. Kevin O’Leary’s rep, Jay Sures, supported the fee within an email to USA TODAY Tuesday.
The Ontario Provincial Police has additionally billed 67-year-old Richard Ruh of Orchard Park, New York, together with failing to display navigation lights while still underway. Ruh was the owner of another ship.
OPP’s media relations company Carolle Dionne told the Associated Press that the highest penalty O’Leary confronts is 18 months’ imprisonment or a $1 million fine.
Dionne told USA TODAY in August a 64-year-old Florida man died instantly after the crash along with a 48-year-old Canadian girl was injured and delivered into the hospital, where she later died.
Brian Greenspan,” O’Leary’s attorney, said it’s regrettable and improper authorities have opted to control her with a”regulatory violation below the delivery act.”
“She’s always been a careful and knowledgeable boater who came into collision with an unlit craft onto a dark and moonless night,” he explained. “Another boat was sitting at a dark place on a pond, no cabin lights nearby, no moon”
Greenspan said the maximum penalty should rather be 10,000.
“They are completely wrong. That applies to sea going vessels. The pleasure craft supply is a maximum $10,000 fine,” he explained.
Kevin O’Leary confirmed He was in the scene of the accident at Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada in a statement given to USA TODAY by representative Nancy Cheung at August.
“On Saturday night that I had been a passenger in a ship that was included in a horrible crash with another watercraft who had no navigation lights and then fled the scene,” his statement read. “I’m fully working with law enforcement in their analysis.”
Kevin O’Leary’s announcement continued,”out of admiration to the victims’ families and also to fully support the continuing investigation I believe it’s inappropriate to make additional comments at the moment. My heartfelt prayers and condolences to the victims, the families and people impacted by this loss.”