One dead, at least 19 injured after driver crashes into Hingham Apple store
A 53-year-old man has been charged after driving an SUV into the Hingham Apple store on Monday, a fatal accident that left one dead and at least 20 injured, authorities announced Tuesday.
Bradley Rein, of Hingham, is charged with reckless homicide by motor vehicle, according to Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz’s office.
Rein was arrested Monday night and is being held at the Plymouth County House of Correction, officials said. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf during the arraignment hearing in Hingham District Court on Tuesday morning.
Rein told police in an interview Monday she had shopped at the Derby Street Shops that morning, Assistant District Attorney David Cutshall said in court. Rein said his right foot got stuck on the accelerator while he was driving and he tried to brake with his left foot but he was unable to stop, according to Cutshall.
Rein also told police he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and voluntarily took a preliminary breath test, which registered a “zero” blood alcohol content reading, prosecutors said. Rein added that he has no medical conditions that interfere with his ability to drive the car and the SUV has no known mechanical problems, officials said.
Rein has no known connection to the Apple store, according to Cutshall.
Judge Heather Bradley ordered Rein held on $100,000 cash bail, at the prosecutor’s request. Attorneys representing Rein initially sought bail of $20,000 or no higher than $50,000.
Bradley also ordered Rein not to operate a motor vehicle for the duration of the case; to obtain court approval for out-of-state travel; and not be charged with another crime, because he could be held without bail for up to 90 days if he does, she said.
What the prosecutor said
According to authorities, Rein drove a 2019 Toyota 4Runner through the glass facade of the Apple store located at Derby Street Shops around 10:45 am.
Cutshall said surveillance video reviewed by investigators showed that Rein drove at a “high speed consistent speed down the travel lane and directly into the Apple store,” located about 30 feet from the curb.
Rien came to rest in the back left corner of the store, Cutshall said. The crash caused part of the store’s back wall to collapse, and debris was pushed into an adjacent hallway behind the wall, he said.
“A large gaping hole was observed to the right of the front entrance,” said Cutshall.
The crash killed 65-year-old Kevin Bradley of New Jersey, prosecutors said. In a statement, Apple said Bradley was there “to support new construction at the store.”
A co-worker of Bradley’s, employed by GMS Construction, told the police that the two were moving the barrier near the window when he heard the roar of the engine, according to the State Police report reviewed by The Boston Globe.
“He suddenly spun around and heard what he thought was an explosion, followed by a loud smash,” the report said.
Several people suffered life-threatening and limb-threatening injuries, doctors at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth said Monday afternoon. First responders said several people were pinned between the wall and the SUV after the crash.
Initial reports of the number of injured victims varied between authorities and hospitals, but Cutshall said in court Tuesday that first responders identified approximately 21 victims, including Bradley, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dr. William Tollefsen, medical director of South Shore Hospital EMS, told reporters other victims suffered “quite a variety” of injuries that included serious head trauma, lower extremity trauma, and mangled limbs.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Jason Tracy, the hospital’s emergency medicine chair, said five victims were taken to South Shore Hospital with critical injuries. Overall, there were very few minor injuries among the patients, he said, adding “most of them were quite significant.”
“There is a long road to recovery for many of the patients in our facility,” he said.
The hospital initially received 18 victims on Monday, but two people were later transferred to a facility in Boston, Tracy said. All injured victims treated at South Shore Hospital are expected to survive, he said.
Apple responded to the incident Monday evening in a statement to Boston.com.
“We are devastated by the shocking incident at Apple Derby Street today and the tragic loss of a professional who was on site supporting new construction at the store. Our hearts go out to our injured team members and customers and everyone affected by this terrible incident,” the statement said. it read. “We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers during this difficult time.”
According to Cutshall, Rein voluntarily went with the police and consented to a recorded interview with investigators after the accident on Monday.
Rein told investigators he was at a shopping plaza looking for a store where he could buy replacement lenses for his eyeglasses, according to a State Police report.
He said he entered and exited the store that he thought was Warby Parker and proceeded out of the parking lot to look for another store, the report said.
“He stated that while driving in the Barnes & Noble area, his right foot became stuck on the accelerator and the vehicle accelerated,” Cutshall said. “He stated that he used his left foot to try to brake but was unable to stop the vehicle and [it crashed] through the front of the Apple store.”
The police report added: “Mr. Rein stated that everything happened quickly. Mr. Rein stated that his foot once got stuck on the accelerator while he was driving on the highway. At the time of the accident, Mr. Rein was wearing Brooks sneakers.
Investigators also questioned whether surveillance video showed Rein driving through the parking lot before the incident, and Rein said he didn’t know the square well because he had only been there once before, according to the report.
In addition to the initial breath test, Rein also consented to a search of his cell phone and allowed authorities to take a blood sample, according to Cutshall.
“After that, the defendant was arrested and booked at the Hingham police station,” Cutshall said. “This investigation is ongoing.”
Rein has no criminal record in Massachusetts, Cutshall said.
But Cutshall said Rein was arrested by Vermont State Police in December 2020 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol in Roxbury, Vermont. Those charges were later dropped, he said.
‘Disastrous accident’: What the defense said
Rein is not eligible for court-appointed counsel and must either ask to represent himself or waive the right to an attorney by his next court appearance on December 22.
He, however, was appointed a lawyer for bail purposes at Tuesday’s hearing. The attorney highlighted how Rein cooperated with investigators.
“Although the outcome of this accident was horrific … it was an accident,” the lawyer said.
There is also no reason to believe that Rein will fail to appear in court as scheduled, the attorney said, citing public relations.
Rein, who moved to Hingham about a year-and-a-half ago, has lived in Massachusetts for 30 years and has family in the state, including her two children, whom she sees often, her attorney said.
“He also spends a lot of time hiking and mountain biking, skiing, fishing, doing other things with his children,” the lawyer said. “He was very close to them, family oriented with them.”
He is currently unemployed but previously worked in software sales and the technology sector, according to the lawyer, who said Rein had no mental health issues.
“Like I said, this was just an accident,” the lawyer said.
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