Apple Shop Tragedy Was an Accident: Authorities reported on Tuesday that a 53-year-old man has been charged in connection with a crash that occurred on Monday at an Apple store in Hingham. The incident resulted in the death of one person and injured at least 20 others.
The Disaster at the Apple Store Was an Accident
The motorist who was involved in the fatal accident at an Apple shop in Hingham has been identified as Bradley Rein, and he is facing charges of reckless homicide by a motor vehicle as well as careless operation of a motor vehicle. His legal representative described the event as an “unfortunate accident.”
Rein, 53, was taken into custody on Monday night, according to Plymouth District Attorney Tim Cruz, “as a result of the thorough investigation” conducted by the Massachusetts State Police and the Hingham Police Department. Rein, who is from Natick and was brought before the Hingham District Court on Tuesday, pled not guilty and was ordered to be imprisoned on a cash bail of one hundred thousand dollars. If he does end up posting a bond, he is not allowed to drive and cannot leave the state without the consent of the court. He was given these orders.
His driver’s license has been revoked by the RMV. Prosecutors claim that Rein told investigators that he was driving around looking for an optical store when the accelerator became caught under his right foot as he was driving his Toyota 4Runner. He claimed that he tried to cease using his left foot as a brake but was unable to do so.
According to the materials filed in this case, Rein stated to the investigators that he did not have any medical conditions that would affect his ability to drive. According to the investigators, the preliminary breathalyzer test yielded a reading of 0.00 percent alcohol content. Moments before the collision, an eyewitness who was standing outside the store estimated that the SUV was traveling at a speed of approximately sixty miles per hour. As she observed the vehicle drive over the curb and into the business, she stated to the investigators that the driver did not appear to put on the brakes or slow down at any point.
At around 10:45 a.m. on Monday, an SUV drove through the glass front of an Apple shop located on Derby Street, causing the death of a man named Kevin Bradley, 65, from New Jersey. There were twenty more people injured. During a news conference held on Tuesday, officials from South Shore Hospital stated that all eight people who are still being treated at the facility are likely to live and that no one will suffer limb loss as a result of the accident.
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The attorney representing Rein stated before the court that it was “simply a sad accident.” The inquiry into the crash is still ongoing.
After a collision that occurred on December 29, 2020, in Roxbury, Vermont, Rein was reportedly given a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol, as reported by the Vermont State Police. The records of that case were subsequently removed. In the state of Massachusetts, he does not have a criminal record.