HINGHAM, Mass. – The driver of an SUV who sped through the front of an Apple store in Hingham on Monday, killing one person and injuring 19 others, has been arrested in connection with the chaotic accident.
Bradley Rein, 53, is due to face reckless homicide by motor vehicle in Hingham Circuit Court on Tuesday, according to Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz.
Rein was taken into custody after the Massachusetts State Police and Hingham Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for him. He was held at the Plymouth County House of Correction overnight.
Cruz’s office launched a criminal investigation after the SUV crashed through the glass facade of the Apple store in Derby Street Shops around 10:45 a.m., officials said.
Rescue workers responding to a report of a vehicle crashing into a building at 94 Derby Street found a gaping hole in the glass, a black SUV that had come to a halt on the retail floor inside and several people with various injuries, according to Cruz.
The deceased has been identified 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 types of traumatic injuries,” including head injuries, lower extremity injuries and “mutilated” limbs.
Tracy added that some of the victims underwent immediate surgery and that others will eventually require 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.”
Rein was not hospitalized. He was immediately taken into custody for questioning after the accident. Cruz confirmed Rein was arrested after an investigation found a criminal charge was warranted. He 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. Many nearby businesses closed after the crash.
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.
This is an evolving story. Check for updates as more information becomes available.
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