Driver in fatal 2020 hit-and-run to serve one year in house of corrections

Feb 14, 2022

Cameron Silva, the young driver who struck Kenneth Baptiste’s motorcycle from behind in a fatal hit-and-run accident in June 2020, has been sentenced to one year in the house of corrections, along with three years of probation. His license has been suspended for 15 years. 

Silva, who was 18 years old at the time, struck Baptiste’s motorcycle from behind by a car at about 11:15 p.m. on Cranberry Highway at the intersection with Red Brook Road.

Silva left the scene, but left behind the bumper of his car — along with the attached license plate.

Baptiste later succumbed to his injuries, and a passenger on the motorcycle also sustained serious injuries.

Silva was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, and motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation.

Baptiste was a fixture in town who worked as a firefighter in the Wareham district for 34 years and also spent time working for the Wareham Police Department. He was a long-time member of the Wareham Fire District Prudential Committee and the Conservation Commission.