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Linda O'Leary found not guilty in fatal boat crash

Linda O'Leary, wearing a sleeveless black dress and long brown necklace
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Linda O'Leary has been found not guilty of recklessness in an August 2019 fatal boat crash.

The wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O'Leary has been found not guilty of careless operation of a vessel in a late night boat crash that killed two people and injured three others.

Ontario Court Justice Richard Humphrey ruled prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was operating the boat without due care or consideration for others.

Linda O'Leary was charged following the August 2019 collision on Lake Joseph, north of Toronto. A police officer testified that O'Leary registered an alert-range blood alcohol level in a breath test shortly after the crash.

There was conflicting testimony presented during the trial about whether the second boat involved in the crash, piloted by Richard Ruh of Orchard Park, had its lights on. Humphrey ruled the other boat had its lights off.

Ruh was also charged in the incident. He faced one count of failing to exhibit a navigation light while underway. He previously told the court he was issued a ticket and paid the fine after contesting it for more than a year.