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'They were always sociable, they were fun to be around,' stepfather says of Harford crash victims

David Bauguess, 29, had just gotten out jail two months and one day before the accident, and was trying to get his life together by starting a tattoo parlor.

Ashley Bauguess, a 24-year-old mother of two, was getting ready to go back to college.

Joseph "Joey" Bauguess, 17, was also trying to return to school to earn his GED.

The three siblings were also inseparable, right up until the accident that suddenly took their lives on Route 543 near Bel Air Monday night, their stepfather John Farmer said Wednesday afternoon.

"They hung around like two cats would; you couldn't separate them. I guess they died with the persons they loved," Farmer said from the Fallston home of his wife's parents.

"One second can change everything, just like that," he said. "I guess God meant it to be. I guess he wanted them to go together, because they were always together."

About 10 p.m. Monday, the three Bauguess siblings were riding in a 2003 Chevy Cavalier headed south on Route 543 between Wheel Road and Route 136, when police say the Cavalier crossed the center line and sideswiped a car traveling north. The Cavalier then spun around in the northbound lane and was T-boned by another car traveling north. The impact of the crash split the Cavalier in half. Police have not made a determination who was driving the Cavalier.

All three Bauguess siblings were pronounced dead at the scene; two occupants of one of the other cars remain hospitalized. State police continue to investigate what happened.

Visitation, prayer service planned

Farmer lives in Elkton with the Bauguess siblings' mother, Sharon Farmer, his wife of 11 years.

He said their children split their time between the Elkton home and the one in Fallston, on Marquis Court in the Rochelle Meadows community off Route 152, where their grandparents live.

The family is arranging a private cremation with Schimunek Funeral Home in Bel Air and plans to receive friends Friday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the funeral home.

The visitation will be followed by a Catholic prayer service at 3 p.m.

Farmer said his children used to go to St. Mark's Catholic Church in Fallston.

He said he was struggling to understand the accident, saying they all left the Fallston home an hour before it happened, apparently to go to their uncle's house.

None of them had been drinking or using drugs before they left, he said.

Farmer said his wife was very emotional when she learned about the accident.

"She freaked out when I told her all three of them [died]," he said.

Outgoing and fun

He described their children as outgoing and fun.

"They were always sociable, they were fun to be around, they've got friends all over Cecil County, they've got friends in Harford County," he said.

David Bauguess had been trying to find work, having just gotten out of jail, which Farmer criticized for not giving him any job support.

"We got him a tattoo shop," Farmer said. "He was getting ready to try to open one… He drew real good."

According to Maryland electronic court records, David Bauguess was sentenced to serve two years of a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to robbery in 2004. News reports of the April 2003 incident said he allegedly demanded money from a clerk at the Royal Farms in Churchville, threw hot coffee in the clerk's and took about $100.

Court records indicate the sentence was extended by six months in 2005, after he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon while an inmate at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, although a notation in this case file indicated he was still incarcerated in 2010. No later information is shown in the electronic records.

Ashley Bauguess was trying to go back to school, Farmer said. Having dropped out of Harford Community College, she was debating between going to Harford or Cecil College.

Two Harford County councilmen sent their condolences to the Bauguess' family during Tuesday's night's council meeting.

"Unfortunately, three young Fallston residents passed away," Councilman Joe Woods, who represents the Fallston area, said. "Best wishes to you, and God be with you."

Councilman Chad Shrodes also mentioned the tragedy.

"My prayers are with the Bauguess family," he said, calling the accident "horrific."

Shrodes also encouraged everyone to pray for the two other people who were hurt in the accident, one of whom, Ryan B. Cooper, is the son of county Public Works Director Bob Cooper.

The Bauguess family also has been getting an outpouring of support online, Farmer said.

"It's all over Facebook," he said. "I've got people trying to donate money. I got 15 calls a day [from people] trying to make donations."

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