Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary has told a Canadian court that he does not remember his wife Linda drinking at a dinner party before a ‘chaotic’ boat accident that killed two people, while she was driving home.
Linda has been charged with a non-criminal charge of reckless operation of a ship under the Canada Shipping Act, for the deaths of Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida, and Susan Brito, 48, of Ontario, who were both killed when Linda crashes a stargazing boat in Joseph Lake in 2019.
On Wednesday, Kevin said it was a ‘huge surprise’ when they collided with another boat, the 16-seat Nautik, as they didn’t see it until a few seconds before impact at around midnight.
‘We went right into it. It was a huge surprise,’ reports Global News,’ Kevin testified via Zoom from his home in Los Angeles. ‘I hadn’t even seen it before. I didn’t know what we hit.’
Kevin and Linda Joseph were at a dinner party at a cottage near the lake and were returning to their home with a family friend when she collided with the boat of 12 stargazers in August 2019.
Linda O’Leary (seen here, a post and photo from her Instagram account) was sailing her boat on Joseph Lake when she collided with the boat of 12 stargazers in August 2019.
Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary has told a Canadian court that he does not remember his wife Linda (pictured together) drinking at a dinner party before a ‘chaotic’ boat accident that killed two people. had died while she was driving home
Kevin told a court in Canada via Zoom that it was a ‘huge surprise’ when they collided with another boat, the 16-seat Nautik, because they didn’t see it until a few seconds before impact at around midnight was.
Gary Poltash, 64, of Florida, and Susan Brito, 48, of Ontario, were killed in a collision that night.
A female officer had previously testified that Linda told her she only had one drink, claiming that ‘someone made her a drink when she returned from the accident’.
Kevin told the court that he does not remember whether his wife was under the influence of alcohol in the hours before or after the accident, but admitted that there were hours when he was not with her and that he had a cocktail. could.
Linda’s lawyer Brian Greenspan asked Kevin: ‘Did you see any lights before the collision?’
Kevin replied: ‘Nothing. absolutely nothing. You have to work very hard to make such a black boat.
‘It looks like it had a shroud or something.’
He claimed that there was a ‘zero’ light coming from the other vessel until after the collision when he claimed the light had come on.
Linda, who serves as VP of Marketing for O’Leary Wines, was driving her and Kevin’s luxury boat on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada, on August 24, 2019, when it collided with another ship, causing Two people died and three others were injured. Pictured: One of O’Leary’s yachts
Kevin testified that the moments after the accident were ‘chaotic’ and that he and Linda called the other boat but heard no response. He said his focus was on the other passenger in his boat who was bleeding due to a head injury.
He said he was told by a police officer at 2 a.m. that a passenger on board the other ship had died – now known as the Gary Poltash – and another was seriously injured. A few days later, Suzana Brito died in hospital, while three others were injured.
Kevin also told the court that his boat was traveling between 14 and 20 knots at the time, but admitted that this was an estimate.
Whether or not the other boat had lights on is an important aspect of the matter.
Last month, a witness who was on the boat with the two victims insisted they had their lights on the entire time before and after they were hit.
Katherine Hibbard told the court, ‘It was a gruesome sight on our boat. There was light in the boat so that you can see everything.’
She said they were sitting ‘stupidly’ in the water, looking up at the sky when Lisa conducted them out of nowhere.
Linda’s boat slammed over them and then went back into the water.
Katherine said she immediately blamed them—suggesting that they had crashed with her while they were still there the whole time.
‘ The lady at first talked all over and was like ‘You hit us,’ or, I don’t remember the actual words, but it looked like she wasn’t confrontational, but angry or bitchy, a little bit, pardon my language Do, just a little sassy.
“Honestly, I thought she was a teenager who hit our boat,” Katherine told the court.
O’Leary was no longer his wife in Miami for some time after the accident. She will return to court in July
She said that before O’Leary hit, there was “absolute silence”.
‘It was absolutely silent, calm, serene. It was like it came out of nowhere and it was very fast,’ she said.
The Ontario provincial police constable who visited O’Leary’s home also testified.
OPP const. Brienne Marr said she arrived home to find Linda lying in bed, with one leg finally popping out of the blanket.
At the end of the bed was an alcohol monitoring device with ‘Alert’ written on it.
‘She was advising that someone make her drink alcohol when she returned from the accident.
“She was very hostile towards us, she was not an ally, she didn’t want to talk to the police any further, and told us thoroughly that she was talking,” she said, adding that Linda had told her that her There was only one drink nearby.
Kevin O’Leary was cooperative, Mara said.
Kevin told the court that he did not remember whether his wife was under the influence of alcohol in the hours before or after the accident, but admitted that there were several hours when he was not with her.
He said he drank at a dinner party that started at 7 p.m. and at lunch earlier at 2 p.m., but claimed he didn’t remember having Linda.
Kevin admitted that Linda ‘might’ have had a cocktail at the dinner party, but ‘probably had a drink because she (the designated driver) was there’.
“She knows that if she is the designated driver, she has to be very careful about drinking,” she told the court.