Driver in Massachusetts Apple Store Accident Claims ‘Foot Stuck’
The driver who drove his car into an Apple store in Massachusetts Monday morning – killing one person and injuring at least 16 others – said he was unable to stop the car because his foot was stuck on the accelerator.
Bradley Rein, 53, was arrested hours after his 2019 Toyota SUV crashed into the shop front in Hingham and charged with reckless murder.
According to a police report, Rein said, “His right foot got stuck on the accelerator pedal and his vehicle accelerated,” WCVB reported.
He then tried to brake with his left foot, but couldn’t stop the SUV from plowing into the store.
“Mr. Rein stated that he used his left foot to brake but was unable to stop the vehicle and the vehicle crashed through the front of the Apple Store,” the report said.
Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said Monday that first responders arrived at the crash site to find bystanders who administered first aid to the victims. The shocking incident happened less than an hour after the store opened that day.
At least 16 people of varying degrees of severity were taken to nearby hospitals. It is unclear how many people were in the store at the time.
“This morning was an unthinkable morning and people are trying to come through and process what happened,” Cruz said. “This investigation is active and ongoing.”
A New Jersey man identified as Kevin Bradley, 65, was found dead at the scene.
Bradley, who worked for GMS Construction, was finishing off-site repairs with a colleague when he was struck by the SUV.
“We are devastated by the shocking events at Apple Derby Street today and the tragic loss of a professional who was on site to assist with recent construction work at the store,” Apple said in a statement Monday.
“Our hearts go out to our team members and customers who have been injured and to everyone affected by this horrific incident. We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers during this very difficult time.”
During his arraignment Tuesday in Hingham Circuit Court, Rein was charged with motor vehicle murder by reckless operation and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
According to the police report, no drugs or alcohol were in his system and he has no medical conditions that would affect his ability to drive. Rein also told police he had his vehicle regularly serviced and it had no mechanical problems.
Rein has no criminal record in Massachusetts, but was subpoenaed in Roxbury, Vermont, for driving under the influence in 2020, according to Vermont state police.
The Apple Store, located in a mall called Derby Street, will be closed until crews can assess the structural integrity, officials said.
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