WAREHAM – An 18-year-old Onset man’s arraignment on a charge of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation in the fatal crash that killed 65-year-old Kenneth J. Baptiste of Wareham on June 12 was postponed last week when someone connected with the court tested positive for COVID-19.

The arraignment date was continued to Sept. 16 for 18-year-old Cameron Silva of Onset at the mutual agreement of the defense and prosecution.

Silva faces five charges in all, including leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, an improper turn, and failure to yield at an intersection.

According to the Cape & Islands DA’s office, Wareham Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Cranberry Highway at approximately 11:09 p.m. on June 12.

A vehicle had collided with a motorcycle and fled the scene, according to the DA. The motorcycle’s driver was Baptiste. He was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The motor vehicle’s driver was later identified as Silva.

The case has been transferred to the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office due to a conflict with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

Silva had been summoned into court for arraignment.

Baptiste had been a deputy with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, an on-call firefighter and former police officer. He was caretaker at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Wareham. He also worked as a truck driver for P.A. Landers for over 20 years, and had been a member of the Wareham Conservation Commission.


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