Kenneth Baptiste succumbs to injuries following crash

Jun 14, 2020

Kenneth Baptiste, a longtime active member of the community, died this weekend as the result of a Friday night motorcycle accident. 

Baptiste’s motorcycle was struck from behind by a car on Cranberry Highway at about 11:15 p.m., and the driver of the car left the scene. The driver of the car was later identified as Cameron Silva, 18, of Onset.

According to scanner traffic, Silva’s bumper and license plate fell off in the crash and were left at the scene.

The matter is under investigation by the Wareham Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police. The case has been transferred to the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s office due to a conflict with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office.

A passenger was riding with Baptiste. The passenger has not been identified, and her or his condition is unknown.

It is unclear whether Silva has been charged with a crime.

On Sunday night, his Facebook wall was full with dozens of messages from friends and family members expressing grief at his passing.

Baptiste was a dedicated member of the community who served on the Wareham Fire District’s Prudential Committee for more than ten years. He was also a member of the Conservation Committee.

Baptiste served as a call firefighter for 34 years, and was a Wareham Police Officer for five years. He also worked as a truck driver.