Kevin O’Leary’s Explanation of Fatal Boat Collision Adds More Questions

By Samuel Allegri

“Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary was involved in a boat crash that took the life of two people and injuring one other.

TMZ reported that O’Leary owned the boat that was involved in the crash, which occurred on the Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada. O’Leary, however, hasn’t confirmed the report.

O’Leary said that the other boat didn’t have it’s lights on at the time of the crash and that the boat left the crash scene on Aug. 24.

Joe Scali, the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police’s media officer, however, told a different story:

“Right now, on the scene, we’re looking at the boats and a full investigation into reconstructing the collision,” said Scali. “We’re also determining all parties involved and, of course, making sure all injuries are addressed as well,” reported Global News.

“No charges have been laid in the case at this time,” he said. “As such we are unable to comment on or identify either of the vessels’ operators and/or owners.”

“Both vessels had left the scene and when they reached the location, both vessels were in touch with ambulance for emergency services,” said Scali, contradicting O’Leary’s version.

Entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary attends the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Scali told Global News that both boats were taken to inspection.

“At this time in the investigation, the OPP is unable to comment on which vessel hit what vessel and that will be determined at the end of the investigation,” Scali said.

“Out of respect for the victims families and to fully support the ongoing investigation I feel it is inappropriate to make further comments at this time,” said O’Learly in a statement.

“My heartfelt prayers and condolences to the victims, the families and those affected by this loss.”

Police said that a critical aspect of the investigation is whether the larger boat had its lights on.

A representative for the celebrity told the news outlet that his wife was driving the boat during the time of the crash. She was given a DUI test and passed.

TMZ said that a source connected to O’Leary told the outlet that there is a video that recorded the area where the crash occurred and that he is trying to enhance the images to show that the lights of the other boar were not on.

The man who died on the scene was Gary Poltash, a 64-year-old Florida man, another woman, Susanne Brito, 48, was fatally injured and died on Tuesday.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.