Bail Revoked for Apple Store Crash Suspect Bradley Rein; Ordered to Serve 60 Days in Jail
A Massachusetts judge has revoked the bail for Bradley Rein, a man awaiting trial for driving his SUV into an Apple Store in 2022, resulting in the death of a construction worker and injuries to almost two dozen others. Rein, who was permitted to stay at home with a GPS monitoring bracelet as part of his bail conditions, reportedly failed to charge the monitoring device, leading to multiple police visits to his residence. Consequently, he was ordered to serve 60 days in jail.
Background: The Tragic Incident and Legal Proceedings
Rein, aged 54 and from Hingham, was indicted on an upgraded murder charge last year, to which he pleaded not guilty. Following his district court arraignment, he posted a $100,000 bail and was permitted to remain free under several conditions. These conditions included a prohibition on driving and the requirement to wear a GPS tracking device.
The incident in question occurred on November 21, 2022, in Hingham. According to reports, Rein allegedly drove as fast as 60 mph into the Apple Store, resulting in the death of a construction worker and the injury of 22 others. Rein’s explanation for the accident was that he was searching for an eyeglasses store in the shopping center when his right foot became stuck on the accelerator. Despite his attempts to brake using his left foot, he claimed he could not stop the vehicle.
Investigation Into the Incident
Following the crash, investigators found no signs of brake application and data from the SUV showed that the vehicle accelerated to 60 mph in the five seconds leading up to the crash. An inspection of the vehicle revealed no mechanical defects that could have contributed to the crash. Rein, who was found to have no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the accident, maintained that his foot got stuck on the accelerator, leading to the crash.
Legal Ramifications and Charges
Rein was initially charged with motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. However, a grand jury later indicted him on additional charges, including second-degree murder, motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, and several counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Rein pleaded not guilty to the new charges in court.
The man killed in the crash was identified as Kevin Bradley of New Jersey. The other 22 victims, who were either struck by the SUV or by debris, suffered serious injuries and were taken to local hospitals. Several victims have since filed lawsuits against the owner of the property, the developer, the management of the property, Apple, and Rein, alleging negligence. The incident has undoubtedly altered the lives of many, and the pursuit of justice continues.
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