Overblown Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary and his other half, Linda, are being demanded wrongful death by the family of among the victims in last summertime’s crash in Muskoka.
On Aug. 24, Linda O’Leary was driving a boat on Lake Joseph when it crashed into another boat right before midnight.
Retired accounting professional Gary Poltash, 64, of Florida, and Susanne Brito, 48, of Uxbridge, were both eliminated.
Three others were hospitalized but later released.
In late September, the OPP charged Linda O’Leary with reckless operation of a vessel under the Canada Shipping Act. It is not a criminal charge, and if condemned, she will be fined however not jailed.
Now, Susanne Brito’s parents, Rosa and Antonio Ragone, and sister Paula Brito are taking action versus the O’Learys. The household is seeking punitive, excellent and intensified damages for wrongful death.
Also being taken legal action against is Richard Ruh, the driver of the other boat, who the OPP charged with failure to display a navigation light while underway, and Irv Edwards, the vessel’s owner.
” For this grieving family, it has to do with obtaining civil justice so as to avoid these types of deaths and curtailing negligent and dangerous behaviour from continuing on our lakes,” Patrick Brown, of law office McLeish Orlando LLP, stated in a press release.
The statement estimated the dead woman’s mother, Rosa: “Our family has lost a beautiful, loving individual. We are devastated. We sincerely hope that through this process, that justice is served and that steps are taken so that innocent victims like Suzie, are not seriously hurt and eliminated which other families do not have to go through such pain and loss.”
Linda O’Leary’s case is next set to be heard on Nov. 21.
At first, prosecutors, stated O’Leary faced a maximum penalty of 18- months’ jail time and a $1-million fine.
However that analysis of the Shipping Act was challenged by Brian Greenspan, O’Leary’s lawyer, and prosecutors later on changed their view to say O’Leary faces a maximum $10,000 fine and no jail time.
The O’Learys are longtime summertime residents of Lake Joseph, a play area for celebrities, sports stars and the nation’s monetary elite.