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Driver accused of fatal Apple Store collision claims his foot got stuck on the accelerator

On Tuesday, 53-year-old Bradley Rein made his first appearance in Hingham District Court. Judge Heather Bradley ordered the defendant held without bail in lieu of $100,000.

According to authorities, the Massachusetts driver who is accused of ramming into an Apple shop at a “consistently high rate of speed” told police his foot became stuck on the accelerator and he was unable to halt in time to avert the fatal collision.

In his initial court appearance, 53-year-old Bradley Rein was ordered held in lieu of a $100,000 bond by Judge Heather Bradley, who also instructed him not to operate a motor vehicle even if he posts bail.

As a result of the collision on Monday morning in Hingham, which is located about 16 miles southeast of downtown Boston, he has been charged with felony reckless homicide by motor vehicle and misdemeanor operation of a vehicle.

At least 20 people were hurt, including 65-year-old New Jersey resident Kevin Bradley, according to officials.

Driver accused of fatal Apple Store collision claims his foot got stuck on the accelerator
Driver accused of fatal Apple Store collision claims his foot got stuck on the accelerator

According to a court filing, “Mr. Rein indicates that while driving in the vicinity of Barnes & Noble, his right foot got stuck on the pedal and his car accelerated.”

“According to Mr. Rein, he attempted to brake with his left foot but was unable to do so, and the car slammed into the front of the Apple Store. According to Mr. Rein, everything happened quickly.”

The court statement stated that Rein informed investigators he had no medical conditions that would have prevented him from driving safely and that his breathalyzer test revealed no signs of alcohol use.

According to Assistant District Attorney David Cutshall, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner plowed through the store’s glass front and sales floor before coming to rest against the back wall.

The dark-colored SUV appeared to be moving at a constant high speed down the travel lane and directly into the Apple shop, according to witness interviews and camera footage, Cutshall said.

Defense counsel Alison King argued that no one in the business knew him, and she requested a bond amount of $20,000. None of the case’s facts, as presented by the prosecution in court, were contested by the defendant’s attorney.

According to King, who frequently referred to Monday’s tragedy as “an unfortunate accident,” the unemployed software salesman has been a resident of Massachusetts for 30 years and has deep links to the town.

As he recounted to me, his foot got caught somewhere between the accelerator pedal and the side, and that’s how it got trapped on the accelerator, King added. “He made an effort to move his jammed foot. While doing that, he attempted to brake with his other foot but was unsuccessful. Simply put, it’s quite unfortunate.”

Rein has a spotless criminal history, despite being accused of drunk driving in Vermont in December of 2020. However, both sides’ attorneys said that matter was later dismissed.

source: summarybio.com