Driver faces charges in connection with Apple Store crash
HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A man was arrested on Tuesday for being reckless when he crashed his SUV through the window of an Apple store in Massachusetts, killing one person and injuring 19 others, authorities said .
Bradley Rein, 53, was arraigned in Hingham District Court. Rein told police he was looking for an eyewear store in a mall in the town of Hingham, southeast of Boston, when his right foot got stuck on the accelerator, court documents show. He said he used his left foot to try to brake but was unable to stop the vehicle, crashing in front of the store, according to the documents. Rein wore running sneakers.
The court entered pleas of not guilty on his behalf to charges of reckless driving homicide and reckless operation of a motor vehicle, according to the clerk’s office.
Rein told police he had no medical conditions that would impair his ability to drive and that he had not used alcohol or drugs. A preliminary breath test showed a reading of 0.00%, according to the documents.
Rein was held on $100,000 bail and his next court date has been set for December 22. He was represented by a public defender at the arraignment. A telephone message seeking comment on his behalf was left with the Public Counsel Service Committee.
Rein was arrested Monday night after his 2019 Toyota 4Runner crashed into the store window and hit people in the morning, the documents show. The deceased victim has been identified as Kevin Bradley, 65, of New Jersey.
Apple released a statement saying it was “devastated by the shocking events at Apple Derby Street today and the tragic loss of a professional who was on hand to support the store’s recent construction.”
The store window showed a gaping hole as first responders worked at the scene of the accident. The store opened about an hour before the accident.
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