The car driver from Massachusetts, who is accused of ploughing into an Apple Store at “consistently high speed,” told police his foot got stuck on the gas pedal and he couldn’t brake in time to avoid the fatal crash, officials said Tuesday.
Bradley Rein, 53, appeared in Hingham District Court for the first time, where Judge Heather Bradley held the defendant instead of a $100,000 bond and told him he shouldn’t drive when he provides bail.
He was charged with reckless motor vehicle murder and the misdemeanor of a car resulting from the crash on Monday morning in Hingham, about 16 miles southeast of downtown Boston.
Kevin Bradley, a 65-year-old resident of Wayne, New Jersey, was killed and at least 20 people were injured, officials said.
“While driving in the Barnes & Noble area, Mr. Rein states that his right foot got stuck on the gas pedal and his vehicle accelerated,” a court document states.
“Mr. Rein stated that he used his left foot to brake, but the vehicle was unable to stop the vehicle and the vehicle crashed through the front of the Apple Store. Mr. Rein explained that everything happened quickly.”
Rein told investigators that he had no medical problems that would have affected his driving, and his breathalyzer test showed no sign of alcohol, the court document said.
His 2019 Toyota 4Runner crashed through the shop’s glass front, went through the retail floor before finally coming to rest on the back wall, Plymouth County Deputy District Attorney David Cutshall told the court.
“Investigators interviewed witnesses and watched surveillance video that appeared to show the dark SUV driving down the lane and straight into the Apple Store at a consistently high speed,” said Cutshall.
According to defense lawyer Alison King, who had filed for bail to be set at 20,000 dollars, he had no connection to anyone in the store. The defendant’s lawyer did not challenge any of the facts of the case set forth by the prosecution in court.
The unemployed software vendor has lived in Massachusetts for 30 years and has long ties to the community, according to King, who repeatedly described Monday’s tragedy as an “unfortunate accident.”
“As he explained, his foot got stuck on the accelerator — as he explained to me, it was kind of between the accelerator and the side and his foot got stuck,” King said. “He tried to move his foot to release it. He also tried to brake with his other foot, but he couldn’t. It’s just really unfortunate.”
Rein has a clean criminal record, although he was charged with alleged driving under influence in Vermont in December 2020. But that case was later deleted, lawyers on both sides said.
The defendant’s next court date is set for December 22.