In a press release on Wednesday, the West Parry Sounds division of the Ontario Provincial Police confirmed that two people died as the result of a collision between two boats on Saturday.
In a statement to ET, the 65-year-old Shark Tank star confirmed that his boat was involved in the accident.
Kevin OLeary passenger on boat involved in fatal Lake Joseph crash
“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,” OLeary said. “I am fully cooperating with authorities.”
Kevin OLeary was on board boat involved in fatal Ontario crash
“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,” he added. “My thoughts are with all the families affected.”
A rep for OLeary told TMZ that the Shark Tank stars wife, Linda OLeary, was driving the boat at the time of the crash. According to the reps statement, she was administered a DUI test the night of the accident and passed. The rep added that a third person was on the OLearys boat and received stitches at the hospital before being released.
The accident, which happened on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada, left Gary Poltash, a 64-year-old Florida resident, dead at the scene, according to police. Canadian resident Susanne Brito, 48, died on Tuesday in the hospital as a result of her injuries, the police added. According to the release, three other people who were present on the boats in question were treated in and subsequently released from the hospital.
The police continue to seek out tips from the public regarding the crash and encourage anyone with information to contact them at 888-310-1122.
Provincial police are investigating after a boat carrying Canadian businessman and former federal Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary was involved in a fatal crash on Lake Joseph over the weekend.
The OPP said a 64-year-old Florida man and a 48-year-old woman from Uxbridge died in the two-boat crash near Seguin Township on around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Uxbridge woman was taken to hospital with critical injuries and died in hospital on Tuesday.
Video: Kevin OLeary passenger in boat crash that killed 2 people
They have been identified as Gary Poltash, who was visiting a friend at the time of the crash, and Susanne Brito. Three other occupants of the boats suffered injuries, but have since been treated and released from hospital.
In a statement, O’Leary confirmed he was on the boat and said he was fully cooperating with authorities.
“On late Saturday night, I was a passenger in a boat that was involved in a tragic collision with another watercraft that had no navigation lights on and then fled the scene. I am fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation,” he 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. My heartfelt prayers and condolences to the victims, the families and those affected by this loss.”
OPP tell CityNews they are putting multiple resources into the investigation of the crash, including forensic services and the marine collision unit.
Insp. Martin Graham says both of the vessels involved were pleasures crafts and the two victims were on the same boat.
The pair was on a 13-person boat that was out for an evening cruise at the time of the crash. Graham said the other boat was smaller and the operators were on the way back to their residence.
Video: OPP provide details of fatal crash in Ontario involving Kevin OLearys boat
He added one of the boats was “definitely moving” at the time of the crash, but it has not been determined whether both vessels were in motion when the crash occurred.
Graham confirms they are investigating whether or not alcohol played a role in the crash, but that question has formed part of the investigation.