Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say a Florida man died after a two-boat collision Saturday night near Emerald Island on Lake Joseph in Seguin Township, Ont., which is located approximately 200 kilometres north of Toronto.
Police say the 64-year-old American man was fatally injured in the crash, while a 48-year-old woman from Uxbridge, Ont., suffered critical injuries and died later in hospital.
Three others were injured in the incident and have since been treated and released from hospital, police say. So far, no charges have been laid.
On Wednesday morning, OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt confirmed the police investigation was ongoing, but wouldn’t say if O’Leary was involved in the incident.
However, several news outlets are circulating a statement attributed to O’Leary.
“Late Saturday night I was a passenger in a boat that had a tragic collision with another craft that had no navigation lights on and then fled the scene of the accident,” the statement said. “I am fully co-operating with authorities.”
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The Canadian businessman, who’s nicknamed “Mr. Wonderful,” added that he would not be providing any further comments at this time.
The OPP is asking anyone with information in relation to this incident to contact police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Montreal-born O’Leary, 65, made headlines when he ran for the federal Conservative leadership in 2017. The businessman and former “Dragon’s Den” star eventually bowed out of the race and threw his support to eventual runner-up Maxime Bernier.