'Shark Tank' Star Kevin O'Leary's Wife Acquitted in 2019 Boat Crash that Killed 2

Linda O'Leary had been charged with careless operation of a vessel

Linda O'Leary and Kevin O'Leary
Linda O'Leary, Kevin O'Leary. Photo: Jason Koerner/Getty

Linda O'Leary, the wife of Shark Tank star Kevin O'Leary, was acquitted Tuesday in connection with the Aug. 2019 fatal boat crash in Canada that killed two people and injured three others, according to multiple reports.

O'Leary had been charged with careless operation of a vessel under the small vessel regulations of the Canada Shipping Act, according to CTV News.

The crash took place on Lake Joseph, which is north of Toronto in Ontario. At the time of the accident, O'Leary was driving a smaller boat that collided with a larger vessel that was stopped. O'Leary's boat went over the bow of the other vessel and killed two passengers, Gary Potash and Susanne Brito.

At the time of the crash, Kevin O'Leary and a friend of the couple's was on board the boat driven by Linda O'Leary, reports the The Globe and Mail of Toronto. The group had been returning from a dinner party and Linda O'Leary was the designated driver, the outlet reports.

On Tuesday, Ontario court Judge Richard Humphrey said prosecutors had not proved that O'Leary was driving the boat in a way that lacked due care or consideration for other people, the CBC reports.

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According to The Star of Toronto, Humphrey said that "alcohol played no part" in the crash. While prosecutors had alleged O'Leary drove at an excessive speed, Humphrey said the boat's speed couldn't be determined, according to the paper.

At the time of the crash, Kevin O'Leary offered condolences to the families of the deceased.

"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," the 65-year-old told PEOPLE in a statement. "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."

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