Man Is Charged in Fatal Crash Into Apple Store Outside Boston

A 53-year-old man was charged with reckless homicide after the authorities said he drove his S.U.V. into the store in Hingham, Mass., killing one person and injuring more than a dozen others.

The authorities did not say what caused a driver to smash into the Apple store in Hingham, Mass., on Monday, punching a giant hole in the glass.
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A 53-year-old man has been charged with reckless homicide after the authorities said he plowed his S.U.V. through the front window of an Apple store in a suburb of Boston on Monday, killing one person and injuring more than a dozen others.

The man, Bradley Rein, pleaded not guilty in Hingham District Court on Tuesday to one count of reckless homicide by a motor vehicle and one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, Timothy J. Cruz, the Plymouth County district attorney, said on social media.

Mr. Cruz said at a news conference on Monday that a driver crashed his 2019 Toyota 4Runner into the store in the Derby Street Shops, a shopping center in Hingham, Mass., which is about a 17-mile drive southeast of Boston.

Mr. Cruz did not say what caused Mr. Rein to smash into the store or how fast the vehicle was going when it crashed through the front of the shop, punching a giant hole in the glass.

Mr. Rein told the authorities that his right foot became “stuck on the accelerator” and that he was unable to stop his car, leading to the crash, WCBV, an ABC affiliate, reported, citing a police report. The Hingham Police Department did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

It was not clear whether Mr. Rein had legal representation. He was being held on a $100,000 cash bail, Mr. Cruz’s office said, adding that upon his release, Mr. Rein will not be permitted to drive a car or leave Massachusetts without the court’s approval. He is scheduled to appear again in court next month.

Steve Murphy, the Hingham fire chief, said the authorities received multiple 911 calls at about 10:45 a.m. Monday. Firefighters and police officers arrived to find injured people in front of the store as well as a few people who were pinned against a wall by the vehicle, he said.

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Dr. William Tollefsen, the medical director for emergency medical services at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Mass., said that emergency responders used a restaurant at the shopping center to triage patients and get them out of the cold.

The hospital said that it received a total of 18 patients. Eight remained hospitalized on Tuesday, two of them in critical care, the hospital said in a statement.

At a news conference on Tuesday, doctors at the hospital said that the injuries included rib fractures and chest trauma, but that none of the patients were at risk of amputation.

Though most of the injuries were “quite significant,” Dr. Jason Tracy, the hospital’s chair of emergency medicine, said that all of the patients were expected to survive.

“It’s going to be a long road to recovery for a lot of them, that’s for sure,” Dr. Tollefsen said.

The authorities identified the man who was killed as Kevin Bradley, 65, of Wayne, N.J.

Apple said in a statement that it was devastated by the crash and “the tragic loss of a professional who was on site supporting recent construction at the store.”

“Our hearts go out to our team members and customers who were injured and all of those who were affected by this terrible incident,” the company said. “We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers at this very difficult time.”

Mr. Cruz said he did not know how many people were inside the store when the crash occurred but he noted that it happened as many people were preparing for Thanksgiving, traditionally the kickoff of the busy holiday shopping season.

“It’s absolutely unthinkable; it’s absolutely tragic,” Mr. Cruz said. “And we’re going to make sure that, like I said, we’re going to go slow and steady with this and get the information as we get it.”

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One woman told WBZ, a local television station, that she was next to the window in a Barnes & Noble bookstore when she heard a “big crash” and a sound like “a lot of glass smashing.”

“It was scary because no one knew what had just happened and what was going on,” she told the station. “There were a lot of people running around.”

Christine Chung contributed reporting.