Canada - Kevin O'Leary, Shark Tank star, on board his boat in fatal collision, Ontario, 24 Aug 2019

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  1. Kubirai

    Kubirai Well-Known Member

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    From that article:
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    Boating expert and retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander David Smith said speedboats are designed to hydroplane or “skim across the surface.”

    “Normally that’s what happens, the stern drops and the bow comes up,” Smith said, explaining what happens when the driver slows down a speedboat. “A boat has no brakes.”
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    O'Leary boat literally flew over the other boat, which was almost stationary. I don't know speed limit in that lake, but they were driving dangerously fast at night, when other boats were around.
     


  2. sillybilly

    sillybilly Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Could someone please provide me the MSM to substantiate the above details. I'm not seeing them anywhere.

    Thank you.
     
  3. Mica

    Mica Well-Known Member

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    This might be of help.

    Kevin O'Leary Says Video is Smoking Gun in Boat Crash, Second Victim Dies
     
  4. dyannaON

    dyannaON Well-Known Member

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    CTV Kitchener

    O’Learys wife has been charged.
    And a NY man.
     
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  5. JerseyGirl

    JerseyGirl Forum Coordinator Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged Linda O'Leary with "careless operation of a vessel."

    The OPP obtained 5 videos from cameras trained on the lake and they concluded she was driving 17 MPH at around 11:30 PM ... which police say was not a safe speed.


    The OPP also charged the driver of the other boat, Richard Ruh. The OPP says he was driving without navigation lights. The driver had insisted the lights were on, but police say the video shows otherwise.

    We're told Linda is going to "vigorously fight the charge." Police tell us Linda's alleged crime carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail or a $1 million fine.

    'Shark Tank' Kevin O'Leary's Wife Charged in Fatal Boat Crash, Other Driver Charged Too
     
  6. musicaljoke

    musicaljoke Well-Known Member

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    Ontario Provincial Police said Tuesday that Linda O'Leary, 56, of Toronto, was charged with careless operation of a vessel, contrary to the Canada Shipping Act.

    OPP spokeswoman Carolle Dionne said the operator of the other boat, Richard Ruh, 57 of Orchard Park, N.Y., was also charged with failing to exhibit a navigation light while underway.

    Faling 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.

    Kevin O'Leary's wife, N.Y. man charged in fatal Muskoka boat crash
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2019
  7. musicaljoke

    musicaljoke Well-Known Member

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    You may recall that in 2017, Kevin OLeary entered the leadership race for one of the main Canadian Federal political parties. Had he been sucessful, the timing of boating crash would coincide with the Governor General's call for a Federal election to be held in October.

    I expect he, and half the country are thankful that he doesn't have an election campaign to add to his plate.
     
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  8. Kubirai

    Kubirai Well-Known Member

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    OPP should release one video of the crash, that doesn't show victims or compromise the trial.

    Some people will continue to think Kevin was driving, so any video of their boat before the incident would be sufficient.

    The other boat probably had some lights, because people on the deck recognized Kevin O'Leary. Their testimony will be important to figure out if he switched seats, in case he was driving.

    Also, they will know how long Kevin's boat waited at the scene, before going to the marina.
     
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  9. musicaljoke

    musicaljoke Well-Known Member

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    The videos would be considered evidence and the Crown will most likely show them in court. We probably won't see them sooner. Hopefully we still have the technology needed to view them by the time the trial is over. ;)
     
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  10. JerseyGirl

    JerseyGirl Forum Coordinator Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/oleary-boat-crash-linda-charges-amended-1.5343293

    When Linda O'Leary was initially charged, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) said that she could face a $1-million fine and 18 months in jail if convicted.

    But the PPSC later said it had "reconsidered" its position, and there's no jail time associated with the charge of careless operation of a vessel. It also said the maximum fine is just $10,000.

    When the matter came up Thursday at the Parry Sound courthouse, a representative of Linda O'Leary's lawyer appeared on her behalf. No plea was entered, and the case has been put over to Nov. 21.

    Also:
    'Shark Tank' star Kevin O'Leary opens up on wife not facing jail time in fatal boating crash
     
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  11. JerseyGirl

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  12. Kubirai

    Kubirai Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion, the "public prosecutor" in charge of this case deliberately made this mistake, so the defence lawyer can point out there is no jail and only trivial fine.
     
  13. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Kevin O’Leary’s wife had alcohol on her breath after fatal boat crash

    “In docs
    obtained by CBC News, police say they administered an alcohol screening test to Linda that registered an alert. Mrs. O’Leary then told the police that she drank vodka after the crash, but before she submitted to the breathalyzer. She also claimed she couldn’t recall exactly who gave her the drink after the fatal collision.”


    https://pagesix.com/2019/11/26/kevi...3.1300519968.1574443443-2106186078.1572267918
     
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    Snipped by me....

    Ironic, considering this is an accident at sea, but I smell something fishy
     
  15. JerseyGirl

    JerseyGirl Forum Coordinator Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    Linda O’Leary’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, says in a statement that the “tragic accident had nothing to do with alcohol.”

    “Linda O’Leary was not impaired; she is a highly experienced boater who was proceeding cautiously with due care and attention,” Greenspan said in a statement to The Canadian Press.

    “She collided with a totally unlit boat on a moonless night which was invisible to any prudent operator. No one could have avoided the collision.”

    'Linda O'Leary was not impaired' during fatal boat crash, says defence lawyer - 660 NEWS

    Det. Ronald Marshall wrote in the search warrant that another officer went to the O’Learys’ cottage shortly after the crash, following a 911 call that the couple had been involved in a boating accident and were injured.

    “(Linda) O’Leary registered an alert and was given a three-day driving suspension,” Marshall wrote in the warrant documents.

    “O’Leary claimed that she had consumed alcohol following the collision and after returning home.”
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Sept 14 2020
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sister-o-leary-boat-crash-lawsuit-1.5719975

    ''Brito and her parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit in November 2019 against O'Leary and his wife, Linda, who was behind the wheel, as well as the owner and the driver of the other boat, seeking $2 million in damages.

    It's just one in a flurry of legal actions that are all temporarily on hold after the O'Learys filed a motion in federal court denying any negligence and liability in the crash and seeking to prevent any additional claims being made against them in other courts.

    In that motion, the couple also seek to limit any damages brought against them to $1 million under the Marine Liability Act. ''
     
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    Months later in May, Kevin and Linda O'Leary filed their own lawsuit claiming more than $3 million in damages against Irv Edwards, the owner of the other boat involved in the crash, and Richard Ruh, the man who was driving.

    In court documents, Edwards and Ruh both deny responsibility for the crash. They are also seeking to have any damages against them limited to $1 million under the Marine Liability Act.

    According to unsealed search warrant documents, the navigation light on the Edwards boat was turned off before 11:30 p.m., when the O'Leary boat collided with it, fatally injuring two of its passengers: Brito, 48, of Uxbridge, Ont., and 64-year-old Gary Poltash of Florida.

    Following the crash, Linda O'Leary was charged with careless operation of a vessel under the Canada Shipping Act. If found guilty, she could face a $10,000 fine. Ruh was charged with failing to exhibit a navigation light.

    The search warrant documents also indicate that Linda O'Leary had alcohol on her breath the night of the crash, resulting in the automatic suspension of her driver's licence for three days. The Ontario Provincial Police documents say O'Leary claimed she had a drink after the crash.

    Brito's family's legal team filed a motion in Ontario's Superior Court of Justice to access some of the files from the police and the Crown, but that matter is also pending with no hearing date set. Brito said her family still wants to know the details of Linda O'Leary's breathalyzer test that night and if there was any further blood testing to determine how much alcohol was in her system.

    Her lawyers have filed a counterclaim that challenges the O'Learys' attempt to limit their damages under the Marine Liability Act. The counterclaim seeks damages of $3.5 million from the couple for the death of Brito's sister.

    In O'Leary's civil claim against Edwards and Ruh, they seek $1 million for Linda O'Leary to compensate for "pain, suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life." The claim also seeks $2 million for Kevin O'Leary, who appears on the U.S. reality TV show Shark Tank, for "loss of income." Linda O'Leary's injuries to her right foot required the removal of cartilage and the insertion of three plates and screws, and that "the joints in her right foot will remain fused and immobile." She "suffered psychological trauma and emotional distress" and has not been able to work since the crash. It said her husband was forced to cancel a number of paid appearances because of the publicity generated by the crash.
     
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