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Linda O’Leary was convicted not guilty of a boating accident that killed two people in central Ontario two years ago.
O’Leary, wife of prominent businessman Kevin O’Leary, was found not guilty of negligent operation of a ship under the Canada Shipping Act.
— CP24 (@CP24) September 14, 2021
The verdict was passed this morning at a hearing in Parry Sound, Ontario, which was also streamed live.
Linda O’Leary was at the helm when the boat collided with another ship on Lake Joseph north of Toronto on August 24, 2019.
The couple and a family friend were returning to their cottage from a dinner party in another cottage when the incident occurred.
Two people on the other boat – Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida, and Suzana Brito, 48, from Uxbridge, Ontario. – died of her injuries. Three others were also injured.
O’Leary’s defense attorney Brian Greenspan had argued that his client should be released because there is evidence that the other boat’s lights were off at the time of the incident, making it essentially “invisible”.
Judge Richard Humphrey said Tuesday during his ruling that he found that the other boat had no navigation lights at the time of the crash so passengers could watch the stars.
Reading the ruling, Humphrey also said he was opposed to suggestions that O’Leary was impaired by alcohol at the time of the crash.
A police officer told the court during the trial that shortly after the accident, O’Leary recorded a blood alcohol level in the “alarm range” during a breath test.
The officer testified that O’Leary told her she only had one drink, but that was after the crash.
The judge also said there wasn’t enough evidence to determine what speed O’Leary was traveling at or what speed would have been appropriate at the time of the accident.