For those who came in late an SUV drove into the glass window of the Apple Store at Derby Street in Hingham. The SUV driver claims his foot got stuck between the gas pedal, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.
Fire marshalls and police who saw video footage of the accident believe it was deliberate and have charged the driver with “reckless homicide by motor vehicle.” One person died in the incident, and 20 people were injured.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook and a senior vice president at the company visited the victims at the South Shore Hospital.
However, it looks like lawyers for the injured and dying are suing Apple, the driver, the developer, the management, and the owner of the property for its negligence toward the safety of the store visitors.
Doug Sheff of Sheff & Cook law firm in Boston, the accident was easily avoidable had the store placed barriers or bollards protecting it from the traffic. They believe that the bollards were not there because it interfered with the Apple stores’s esthetics.
“There's protection with barriers for pipes. There's protection for electrical fixtures, notably right next to pedestrian walkways, unprotected. There is even protection for dumpsters, So in this location, trash is better protected than human lives?"
For now, the Apple Store has been boarded up for investigation with barriers outside it; there is currently no information on when the store will reopen.