A second person has died in a boating accident involving Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary and his wife in Ontario, Canada, over the weekend.
Mother-of-three Susanne Brito, 48, from Ontario, was reportedly on a ventilator and suffered brain damage in Saturday night’s accident, but succumbed to her injuries Tuesday.
She was on the same boat as 64-year-old Gary Poltash, from Florida, who died when O’Leary’s smaller vessel crashed into theirs, flying into the air across the bow and striking the man in the head.
O’Leary, 65, told TMZ that he was a passenger on his boat driven by his wife and claimed the other craft didn’t have its lights on when they collided around 11.30pm.
According to representatives for O’Leary, the reality star’s vessel was being driven by his wife, and a third woman was also on board with them.
According to the source from the larger boat, there were eight passengers present on Saturday night.
Police are not expected to release the names of the parties involved unless criminal charges are filed.
A source connected to the owner of the larger boat claimed that O’Leary’s boat fled the scene after the collision, but a representative for the Shark Tank fixture said that it was the other boat that left the scene.
Kevin released a short statement trying to clear up the matter.
‘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,’ Kevin wrote in a statement. ‘I am fully cooperating with authorities.’
‘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.’
O’Leary’s representative went on to say that his wife was administered a DUI test after the accident and passed it.
They also claimed that the third person in their boat was injured in the collision and received stitches at the hospital before being released.
Kevin’s boat was reportedly towed to the marina on Monday and seized for forensic testing by police.
Multiple sources familiar with the incident pointed to the potential absence of navigation lights as a crucial factor in determining fault for the crash.
It’s unclear which of the businessman’s two boats were involved, though a witness described it as a ‘wakeboarding boat.’
In an Instagram post from late August in 2018, O’Leary shared a photo of his ‘BatBoat,’ adding in the caption that he was ‘going to be surfing up a storm on this beast over the weekend.’
O’Leary and his wife share a lake house near the site of the accident.
He shared a photo of the area to Instagram in July showing the tree line at the edge of the water.
‘I call this the “Wedge” it’s a natural phenomenon of nature located where our lake house home is situated! Just beautiful!’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Brian Marks