The “Shark Tank” judge Kevin O’Leary, also known by his nickname “Mr. Wonderful,” was involved in a boating crash on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada, that left a 64-year-old Florida man dead and a 48-year-old Canadian woman fatally injured.
TMZ first reported on Tuesday that O’Leary’s boat was involved in an accident on the lake on Saturday about 11:30 p.m. local time in which it crashed into the bow of a larger boat. A man aboard the larger boat was killed and a woman was said to be critically injured.
O’Leary confirmed to TMZ that he was a passenger aboard a boat involved in the crash.
“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. I am fully cooperating with authorities,” he told TMZ.
“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,” he continued. “My thoughts are with all the families affected.”
A representative for O’Leary told TMZ that his wife, Linda, was driving the boat at the time of the crash. The representatives said she passed a DUI test that was administered that night. The representative added that a third passenger was aboard O’Leary’s boat and obtained minor injuries in the crash.
According to TMZ, a person connected with the larger boat claims that O’Leary’s boat fled the scene. O’Leary’s rep, however, told TMZ it was the larger boat that left.
Ontario Provincial Police Staff Sgt. Carolle Dionne confirmed on Wednesday that a crash occurred on Lake Joseph. Florida man Gary Poltash, 64, was killed in the crash, while Canadian Susanne Brito, 48, was fatally injured and later died from her injuries in the hospital on Tuesday.
Canada’s Global News reported that a boating crash took place Saturday about 11:30 p.m. local time near Emerald Island.
The local news station My Muskoka Now reported that police are investigating the cause of the crash and are questioning whether alcohol played a role in the incident.
Both boats were described by the police as “pleasure craft.” The larger boat was described as a 13-person vessel that had been out on the lake for an evening cruise.
Detective Inspector Martin Graham told My Muskoka Now that the smaller vessel was a “tow-boat” and that those aboard had been returning back to their residence after going out for the evening. Graham said one of the boats was “definitely moving” during the crash, though it’s unclear whether both were in motion.
According to Graham, the deceased man was visiting the Muskoka area and had been staying at a friend’s cottage.
The reports from the Global News and My Muskoka Now did not confirm whether O’Leary or his wife were involved in the crash.
O’Leary and the West Parry Sound OPP did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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