Kevin Bradley, victim of the Apple Store crash in Hingham, is remembered as a loving family man


“Life is so unfair.”

On Monday, just before 11 a.m., a normal morning at the Derby Street Shops in Hingham turned tragic when an SUV driven by Bradley Rein drove into an Apple store, killing 65-year-old New Jersey resident Kevin Bradley and at least 20 others were injured.

Rein, the 53-year-old driver of the vehicle, was subsequently charged with reckless homicide by motor vehicle, according to the office of Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz. He was arrested Monday evening and appeared at a preliminary hearing in Hingham District Court Tuesday morning.

Rein told police his foot caught on the accelerator while driving in the parking lot, causing his vehicle to crash into the glass wall of the Apple Store. A plea of ​​not guilty was entered on his behalf.

As Rein faces future court hearings and the Hingham community comes together to heal, those who knew Bradley continued to struggle with their grief in the aftermath of the incident.

Friends of Bradley told NBC10 Boston that he was a “great man who took care of his family.”

Vince Ruotolo of Maywood, New Jersey, expressed his grief in a Facebook post on Tuesday. Ruotolo says he was with Bradley the day he died.

“I come to you with a heavy heart,” Ruotolo wrote. “Yesterday Kevin Bradley and I were at Apple in Massachusetts. His life was cut short by a driver. Kevin left behind a wife, children and grandchildren and good friends. Life is so unfair.”

Bradley was helping with ongoing construction work at the store when he died, Apple confirmed in a statement to on Monday.

Bradley was working for GMS Construction this week, according to a police report obtained by The Boston Globe. A colleague told police that he and Bradley were removing a barrier from a window when they heard the deafening roar of an engine coming towards them.

“He was suddenly spun around and heard what he thought sounded like an explosion, followed by a loud bang,” the report said. Globe. The colleague later saw Bradley “obviously dead on the floor.”

Lina Ewe of East Rutherford, New Jersey, shared her feelings in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

“I’m still trying to process this because I don’t want to believe it,” Ewe wrote. “My heart is shattered Dad… Heartbroken, shocked, angry, disbelieving, among other things, is all I can say.”

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