HINGHAM, Mass. – A criminal investigation is underway after one person was killed and at least 19 others injured when an SUV crashed through the front of an Apple store at Derby Street Shops in Hingham on Monday morning, officials said.
Rescue workers responding to a report of a vehicle entering a building at 94 Derby Street around 10:45 a.m. found a gaping hole in the store’s glass facade, a black SUV that had come to rest on the floor inside and several people suffering from various injuries, according to Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz.
The deceased’s name has been identified by prosecutors as Kevin Bradley, 65, of New Jersey.
According to Apple, Bradley was a “professional who was on site and assisted with recent construction at the store.”
“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. Our hearts go out to our team members and customers who have been injured and to everyone affected by this terrible incident. We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers during this very difficult time,” said a spokesman for the tech giant.
Most of the other victims were taken to South Shore Hospital, while two victims were taken to Boston for treatment, Cruz said.
dr Jason Tracy, chief of emergency medicine at South Shore Hospital, said a total of 17 people came to the emergency room suffering from “all kinds of traumatic injuries,” including head wounds, lower-limb problems and “mangled” limbs.
Tracy added that some of the victims underwent surgery and others will eventually need surgery. according to dr Chris Burns, the hospital’s trauma director, some of these patients sustained life-threatening injuries.
Despite the sudden influx of patients, Tracy said the emergency room is staffed and ready to meet the need for immediate care.
“We had several resources responsive to the hospital, including additional surgeons and additional support staff,” Tracy said. “We were very well staffed at that time considering the day of the week and the time of day.”
The driver was not hospitalized and is said to be in police custody. Charges have not yet been announced, but Cruz confirmed that an “active criminal investigation is ongoing” and called the incident “unthinkable.”
A preliminary investigation found the SUV crashed through the glass, hitting several people, with some victims pinned to the wall, officials said. It is unclear how fast the vehicle was traveling.
The City of Hingham issued a statement of condolences and sympathy, saying in part, “We know that after today’s events there are people who need healing both physically and emotionally. As with others who have recently suffered casualties or injuries, the city will assist those who seek help. None of us are alone. We are a united city.”
The Hanover Fire Department said a Plymouth County technical rescue team was activated to help those injured or trapped. Several crews from the Rockland Fire Department were also called in to assist.
Photos showed firefighters attending to a person under the vehicle in question. The area was cordoned off with yellow police tape.
Video from the scene showed rescue workers and firefighters also tending to victims on the sidewalk in front of the store. Other victims were carried away and loaded into ambulances.
Witnesses told Boston 25 they heard a loud crash and ran over to see the vehicle at the store, as well as items strewn all over the floor.
“It sounded like a bomb went off,” Lynne Goyuk said. “We saw several people who should have seen a doctor but they didn’t want to go over because they knew other people were critical.”
Emily McKenna added, “I just heard glass shatter and everyone ran to the window thinking it was a hit and a grab and there was just a gaping hole in the middle of the Apple Store. I didn’t see the car go by but someone said it was going pretty fast so maybe he just lost control.”
The Apple Store is part of Derby Street Shops. It is adjacent to a Burton’s Grill and Brandy Melville.
A tow truck pulled the SUV out of business just before 4 p.m. after spending the afternoon gathering evidence and securing the crime scene.
About half an hour later, investigators were seen at the store installing lights.
No further details were available.
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