UPDATE: Driver of SUV involved in Derby Street Shops accident charged with reckless homicide by motor vehicle

A booking photo of Bradley Rein on December 29, 2020 and a photo of the scene taken by Joshua Ross

November 23, 2022 By Carol Britton Meyer

The driver of the SUV that plowed into the Apple store at Derby Street Shops Monday morning -- killing one man and injuring many others -- has been charged with reckless homicide by motor vehicle, according to a Tuesday morning tweet by Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz following an extensive investigation by the Massachusetts State Police and the Hingham Police.  The Hingham Fire Department also responded to the accident.

Bradley Rein, 53, a former Natick resident now living in Hingham, was arrested Monday night and arraigned in Hingham District Court Tuesday morning after the 2019 Toyota 4Runner he was driving went through the Apple store plate glass storefront window at about 10:45 a.m. on Monday. He pleaded not guilty to one count each of Reckless Homicide by a Motor Vehicle and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

The complaint alleges that Rein was behind the wheel and operating the vehicle when it crashed through the front glass window of the Apple store.

Photo by Joshua Ross

Judge Heather Bradley adopted the Commonwealth's bail recommendation, and Rein was held on $100,000 cash bail with the conditions of release that he not operate a motor vehicle and not leave the state without approval of the court, according to a news release from Cruz's office.

One death -- Kevin Bradley, 65, of Wayne, New Jersey -- and at least 19 people with serious injuries resulted from the crash, which left a large hole in the storefront glass.

Rein told police that the crash was caused by his foot becoming stuck on the accelerator pedal.

Rein is next scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 22, 2022.

Photo by Joshua Ross

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Assistant District Attorneys Russ Eonas and David Cutshall are prosecuting the case, which is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police and the Hingham Police.

A statement released by an Apple spokesperson said in part that the tech company is "devastated by the shocking events at Apple Derby Street today [Monday] and the tragic loss of a professional who was onsite supporting recent construction at the store" and said Apple "is doing everything we can to support our team members and customers at this very difficult time."

Derby Street Shops said in a statement posted on social media, "Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and our Derby Street community."

Upon arrival at the scene, first responders found co-workers and other bystanders rendering first aid to multiple victims in need of urgent care. Sixteen male and female victims with varying levels of traumatic injuries were transported to South Shore Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston Medical Center for treatment.

Photo by Joshua Ross

South Shore Health said during a press briefing that everything from head trauma to limb damage was treated and that multiple people suffered life-threatening injuries.

Interviews were conducted of witnesses, employees, and others in the area at the time of the fatal crash. Hingham received mutual aid from police and fire departments from Hull, Rockland, and South Shore EMS.

According to published reports, Rein has no criminal record in Massachusetts, but his driving history shows he was cited for driving under the influence following a crash in Vermont in Dec. 2020, according to the Vermont State Police.

The Hingham Select Board issued a statement about the accident, expressing its "condolences and support to those affected by this tragedy." Read the full statement at https://www.hinghamanchor.com/select-board-statement-we-are-a-resilient-community/.

Watch for updates.

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