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Both vessel operators charged in fatal Lake Joseph crash

MUSKOKA LAKES, ON- Both parties have been charged after the fatal crash on Lake Joseph in August.

According to a news release from the OPP, 56 year old Linda O’Leary of Toronto is facing a charge of careless operation of a vessel, and will be appearing in provincial court on October 29th in Parry Sound.

Linda is the wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary, who was a passenger in the couple’s boat at the time of the incident.

57 year old Richard Ruh, of Orchard Park, New York, has been charged with failing to exhibit a navigation light while underway.

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Ruh’s charge is under the Canada Shipping Act, which is a federal responsibility. Due to that federal responsibility, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada will be managing the court process.

64-year-old Gary Poltash was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident off Emerald Island on Saturday, August 24th.

Suzana Brito, a 48-year-old mother of three who lived in Uxbridge, passed away in hospital the Tuesday afterwards.

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