Hingham Apple store crash: What we know



Bradley Rein, 53, was arrested Monday evening, authorities said.

The SUV involved in the crash through the Apple Store window at the Derby Street Shops in Hingham on Monday. David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

  • 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 a Hingham Apple store on Monday, a fatal accident that left one dead and at least 20 injured, authorities announced Tuesday.

Bradley Rein, of Hingham, was charged with reckless homicide by motor vehicle, according to the office of Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz.

Rein was arrested Monday night and held at the Plymouth County House of Correction, officials said. A plea of ​​not guilty was entered on his behalf at an arraignment hearing in Hingham District Court on Tuesday morning.

Rein told police in an interview on Monday that he was shopping at the Derby Street Shops that morning, Assistant District Attorney David Cutshall said in court. Rein said his right foot got caught in the accelerator while driving and he tried to brake with his left foot but couldn’t stop, Cutshall said.

Rein also told police he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and voluntarily took an initial breath test, which registered a “zero” blood alcohol level, the prosecutor said. Rein added that he had no medical conditions that would impede his ability to drive and the SUV had no known mechanical issues, officials said.

According to Cutshall, Rein has no connection to the Apple Store.

Bradley Rein is led out of Hingham County Court following his arraignment. – John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

Judge Heather Bradley ordered Rein to be held on $100,000 bail at the request of the district attorney. A lawyer representing Rein initially tried to set bail at $20,000 or no more than $50,000.

Bradley also ordered Rein not to operate a motor vehicle during the case; to obtain court approval for out-of-state travel; and not to be charged with another crime, as he could be held without bail for up to 90 days if he did, she said.

What the prosecutors said

According to authorities, Rein drove a 2019 Toyota 4Runner through the glass facade of the Apple Store in the Derby Street Shops around 10:45 a.m.

Cutshall said surveillance video reviewed by investigators appeared to show Rein driving across the lane at a “consistently high speed and straight into the Apple Store,” about 30 feet from the curb.

Rien came to a stop in the back left corner of the store, Cutshall said. The crash caused parts of the back wall of the store to collapse and debris pushed into an adjoining corridor behind the wall, he said.

“A large gaping hole was observed to the right of the main entrance,” Cutshall said.

David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

The crash killed 65-year-old Kevin Bradley of New Jersey, prosecutors said. In a statement, Apple said Bradley was there “to support recent construction at the store.”

A colleague of Bradley’s, employed by GMS Construction, told police the two were moving a barrier near a window when he heard the roar of an engine, according to a state police report reviewed by The Boston Globe.

“He was suddenly spun around and heard what he thought sounded like an explosion, followed by a loud bang,” 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 trapped between a wall and the SUV after the crash.

Initial reports on the number of injured victims varied between authorities and hospitals, but Cutshall said in court on Tuesday that first responders identified about 21 victims, including Bradley, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dr. South Shore Hospital EMS medical director William Tollefsen told reporters that other victims suffered “somewhat diverse” injuries, including severe head trauma, lower extremity trauma and dismembered limbs.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Jason Tracy, the hospital’s chairman of emergency medicine, said five victims who were taken to South Shore Hospital suffered serious injuries. Overall, there were very few minor injuries among the patients, he said, adding that “most of them were quite significant.”

“There is a long road to recovery for many of the patients who are in our facility,” he said.

The hospital initially received 18 victims on Monday, but two people were later transferred to facilities in Boston, Tracy said. All injured victims treated at South Shore Hospital are expected to survive, he said.

Apple responded to the incident Monday night in a statement to Boston.com.

“We are devastated by the shocking events today on Apple Derby Street and the tragic loss of a professional who was on site to support the store’s recent construction. Our hearts go out to our team members and customers who were injured and all those affected by this terrible incident,” the statement said. “We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers during this very difficult time.”

According to Cutshall, Rein went voluntarily with the police and agreed to a taped interview with detectives after Monday’s crash.

Rein told detectives he was in the shopping plaza looking for a store where he could buy a replacement lens for his glasses, according to the state police report.

He said he entered and exited a store he thought was Warby Parker and then left his parking lot to find another store, the report said.

“He stated that while driving near Barnes & Noble, his right foot caught on the accelerator and the vehicle accelerated,” Cutshall said. “He stated that he used his left foot to brake, but was unable to stop the vehicle [it crashed] through the front of the Apple Store.”

The police report added: “Mr. Rein stated that everything went fast. Mr. Rein indicates that in the past he once got stuck with his foot on the accelerator while driving on the highway. Mr. Rein Brooks was wearing running shoes at the time of the crash.”

Investigators also asked why surveillance video showed Rein driving through the parking lot before the incident, and Rein told them he was not familiar with the plaza, as he had only been there once before, according to the report.

In addition to the preliminary breath test, Rein also agreed to search his cell phone and allowed authorities to take a blood sample, Cutshall said.

“After that, the defendant was arrested and booked at Hingham police station,” Cutshall said. “This investigation is still ongoing.”

Rein has no criminal record in Massachusetts, Cutshall said.

But Cutshall said Rein was arrested in December 2020 by Vermont State Police for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in Roxbury, Vermont. However, the charges were later dropped, he said.

David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

‘An unfortunate accident’: what the defense said

Rein was not eligible for court-appointed counsel and must obtain his own representation or waive his right to an attorney at his next hearing on December 22.

However, he was appointed as attorney for bail purposes at Tuesday’s hearing. That lawyer emphasized how Rein worked with detectives.

“While the outcome of this accident was horrific… it was an accident,” the lawyer said.

There is also no reason to believe that Rein would not appear for a scheduled court hearing, the lawyer said, citing his ties to the community.

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 his two children, whom he sees often, his attorney said.

“He also spends a lot of time hiking and mountain biking, skiing, fishing and doing other things with his kids,” the lawyer said. “He’s very close with them, very family-oriented with them.”

He is currently unemployed, but previously worked in software sales and the technology sector, said the lawyer, who said Rein has no mental health problems.

“Like I said, this was just an unfortunate accident,” the lawyer said.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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