Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Celebrity businessman Kevin O'Leary, wife sued in deadly boat crash

Celebrity businessman Kevin O'Leary, wife sued in deadly boat crash

Linda O'Leary, wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O'Leary, was driving the boat at the time. It's not a prison cost, and if discovered responsible, she can be fined however not jailed.

The lawsuit, filed in the Superior Court in Oshawa, Ont., argues Brito's death was the result of negligence. The Statement of Claim consists of various allegations which will allow the family to pursue civil justice, continue their investigation, and bring accountability to those responsible for the crash.

A funeral was held for Suzana Vieira Brito, 48, at Sacred Coronary heart Roman Catholic Church in Uxbridge on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

Nancy Cheung, Kevin O'Leary's publicist, did not immediately respond to the Star's request for comment.

Among the claims in the suit, the family alleges that the O'Learys were jointly negligent in the crash, going too fast and failing to exercise proper care in the operation of the vessel.

Kevin O'Leary and his wife, who own a luxury cottage on the lake, were on one of the boats involved in the collision.

The lawsuit similarly argues Kevin O'Leary failed to keep a proper lookout, didn't have proper training or a boat-operator licence, and failed to give the other boat the right of way.

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The plaintiffs allege that O'Leary "suddenly and without warning drove (her) power boat directly into the path of the Ruh power boat".

The Ontario Provincial Police also charged Richard Ruh, who was on the vessel that was hit, with "failing to exhibit navigation lights while underway". They are reportedly seeking punitive, exemplary and aggravated damages.

Rosa and Antonio Ragone are suing on behalf of their deceased daughter, Susanne Brito. with their attorney, Patrick Brown, saying, "For this grieving family, it is about obtaining civil justice so as to prevent these types of deaths and curtailing reckless and risky behavior from continuing on our lakes".

In a statement obtained by TMZ on Wednesday, Brito's mother, Rosa Ragone, said: "Our family has lost a attractive, loving person". "We are devastated. We sincerely hope that through this process, that justice is served".

But that interpretation of the Shipping Act was challenged by Brian Greenspan, O'Leary's lawyer, and prosecutors later amended their view to say O'Leary faces a maximum $10,000 fine and no jail time.

Linda is due back in court on November 21, according to the Sun.

The O'Learys have been spending summers on Lake Joseph for at least 15 years.

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