‘Shark Tank’s’ Kevin O’Leary Involved in Boat Crash That Killed Two People

Kevin O’Leary is knows as the tough-talking, tell-it-like-it-is investor on ABC’s Shark Tank. The millionaire business icon is now making headlines after being involved in a tragic boating accident that left two people dead.

“Shark Tank’s” Kevin O’Leary | Eric McCandless via Getty Images

Crash in Ontario

According to NBC News, the accident took place at 11:30 p.m. on August 24 on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada. O’Leary was on his boat with his wife and another passenger when it hit a larger boat and struck a man in the head. Gary Poltash, a 64-year-old man from Florida was killed, and Susanne Brito, a 48-year-old Uxbridge mother of three, also recently died, as reported by the Toronto Sun.

The two victims were on a 13-person boat, apparently on a pleasure cruise. O’Leary owns the boat he was in when the accident occurred, though he claims he wasn’t the one driving. According to NBC News, a spokesperson told TMZ that O’Leary’s wife Linda was driving the craft. She was given a DUI test and passed.

O’Leary is ‘devastated’

The Shark Tank investor was clearly shaken by the tragedy. He released a statement, though tried not to reveal too much information due to the ongoing investigation.

“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,” O’Leary said. “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. My thoughts are with all the families affected.”

People reported that a rep for O’Leary also added, ““We are devastated by the event that occurred on Saturday night on Lake Joseph. Mr. O’Leary is cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation into this tragedy. We respect the investigation process being conducted by the Police, and will not comment further. Our thoughts and prayers are with victims and their families. We ask that everyone respect Mr. O’Leary and his family’s privacy during this time.”

What the police are saying

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating the incident. No charges have been filed.

“We can confirm that a collision occurred on Saturday evening at approximately 11:30 p.m. involving two boats on Lake Joseph,” said a spokesperson for the OPP. “No charges have been made in this matter. The investigation is ongoing with our criminal investigations branch. It resulted in two fatalities. One died at the scene and the other died yesterday after succumbing on Tuesday night to her injuries, which were critical.”

According to the OPP spokesperson, three other people also had injuries and were treated and released from the hospital. Two of those injured were from the boat of the two fatalities, and the third injured party was from the other boat. The New York Daily News reports that a major component of the investigation is if the larger boat had its lights on where it could be visible to the driver of O’Leary’s boat at the time of the crash.

O’Leary and his wife have been married since 1990 and have two children – son Trevor and daughter Savannah. The couple owns a lake house in the Ontario area and have properties in Boston and Geneva, Switzerland.