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Kevin O'Leary and wife Linda sued for fatal boat crash

Kevin O'Leary and wife Linda sued for fatal boat crash”

Susanna Brito was one of two people killed in the crash on Lake Joseph on August 24 when the O'Learys' boat, with Brito aboard, collided with one driven by Richard Ruh, 57, of Orchard Park, N.Y.

According to news reports, the lawsuit's statement of claim argues that Kevin should have known his wife was not able to operate the boat with due care and attention, but let her drive despite her having a propensity for speeding and no license.

NY resident Richard Ruh, who was at the helm of the other boat and is also named in the suit, was charged in September with failing to exhibit navigation lights.

The suit also claims that Richard Ruh, who was operating the other boat, failed to turn on the navigation lights and didn't have the proper training to operate the boat and that the boat's owner, Irv Edwards, was negligent in allowing Ruh to operate the vessel. The Statement of Claim consists of various allegations which will allow the family to pursue civil justice, continue their investigation, and bring accountability to those responsible for the crash.

Reps for the O'Learys did not immediately respond to Fox News' requests for comment.

In the statement of claim, Ruh allegedly failed to keep a proper lookout "to make full appraisal of the situation and risk of being struck by another boat".

Police charged Linda O'Leary, who broke her foot in the crash, with careless operation of a vessel.

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Kevin O'Leary seen boating on Lake Joseph. They are reportedly seeking punitive, exemplary and aggravated damages.

In a statement obtained by TMZ on Wednesday, Brito's mother, Rosa Ragone, said: "Our family has lost a lovely, loving person".

"For this grieving family, it is about obtaining civil justice so as to prevent theses types of deaths and curtailing reckless and unsafe behaviors from continuing on our lakes", the lawyer representing the family told the newspaper. "We are devastated. We sincerely hope that through this process, that justice is served".

In September, Brian Greenspan, Linda O'Leary's lawyer, said the crash was "tragic" and "traumatic" but went on to say his client was an experienced boater.

Initially, prosecutors, mentioned O'Leary confronted a most penalty of 18-months' imprisonment and a $1-million high-quality.

The O'Learys are longtime summer time residents of Lake Joseph, a playground for celebrities, sports activities stars and the nation's monetary elite.



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