HINGHAM – Bradley Rein, the driver in the deadlyat an Apple store in Hingham, is now charged with reckless homicide by motor vehicle and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. His attorney said it was an “unfortunate accident.”
Plymouth District Attorney Tim Cruz said Rein, 53, was arrested Monday night “as a result of the extensive investigation” by Massachusetts State Police and Hingham Police.
Rein, who lives in Natick, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Hingham District Court Tuesday and ordered held on $100,000 cash bail. He was ordered not to drive and not to leave the state without the court’s permission, if he ends up posting bail.
According to prosecutors, Rein told investigators he was looking for an eyeglass store when his right foot became stuck on the accelerator of his Toyota 4Runner. He said he used his left foot to try to brake, but was unable to stop.
Rein told investigators he had no medical issues that would impair his ability to drive, according to. Investigators said a preliminary breathalyzer test resulted in a reading of 0.00-percent.
A witness who was outside the store estimated the SUV was going around 60 miles per hour moments before the crash. She told investigators the driver didn’t appear to slow down or hit the brakes as she watched it go over the curb and into the store.
Kevin Bradley, 65, of New Jersey was killed when the SUV crashed through the glass front of the Apple store on Derby Street around 10:45 a.m. Monday. Twenty other people were hurt.
South Shore Hospital officials said during a Tuesday press conference that all eight people who remain hospitalized are expected to survive and no one will lose limbs as a result of the crash.
Two people are in intensive care with “multi-system” injuries, including broken ribs. Six other people remain hospitalized.
An Apple spokesperson said Bradley was “supporting recent construction at the store.” Prosecutors said Rein had no connection to Bradley or anyone else in the store at the time of the crash.
Rein’s attorney told the court it was just “an unfortunate accident.” The crash is still under investigation.
According to Vermont State Police, Rein was issued a citation for drunk driving after a crash in Roxbury, Vermont on December 29, 2020. That case was later expunged. He has no criminal record in Massachusetts.