3 Siblings Killed in Bel Air Accident

Police responded to the scene of a serious accident in the Bel Air area late Monday night.


UPDATE (7:41 a.m. Tuesday)—A serious accident in the area of Wheel Road and Route 543 claimed the lives of three siblings Monday night.

David S. Bauguess, 29, Ashley M. Bauguess, 24, and Joseph M. Bauguess, 17, siblings who lived in the 1300 block of Marquis Court in Fallston, died in the crash while two other people were taken to a Baltimore hospital, according to Maryland State Police with the Bel Air Barrack.

The fatal crash happened around 10 p.m. when three vehicles crashed on Route 543 about half a mile south of Wheel Road.

The three Bauguesses were driving in a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier registered to the sister, Ashley Bauguess, when the car crossed the double yellow line and sideswiped a 2010 Toyota sedan that was northbound on Route 543, according to state police.

Police are unsure who was driving the car at the time or why the car crossed the yellow line.

Troopers said they believe the force of the crash spun the car into the lane for northbound traffic and into the path of a 2007 Acura sedan.

The second impact split the Cavalier in two. Both David and Joseph Bauguess were ejected from the car while Ashley Bauguess, who was likely wearing a seatbelt, remained inside the car, according to police. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

The occupants of the Acura, Ryan B. Cooper, 29, of the 100 block of Briarcliff Lane in Bel Air, and Sean P. O'Brien, 30, of the 3700 block of Wolf Trail Drive in Abingdon, were injured in the crash and taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment, according to state police.

The occupants of the Toyota, Hua Lin, 30, and Du Gi Lin, 34, both of the 300 block of S. Main St. in Bel Air, did not require medical treatment, police said.

The crash site covered about one-tenth of a mile on Route 543. Because the area of the crash was so large, Route 543 was closed to traffic for at least six hours and investigators worked through the night.

Two state police helicopters were dispatched to the scene, but while the first helicopter was landing, the crew felt a shudder and after landing, noticed two engines were on fire, according to a separate release from state police.

All patients were taken by ground transportation to the hospital. The second helicopter circled the area and helped light the scene and ensure no other victims had been ejected.

Crews are unsure why the helicopter's engines malfunctioned and caught fire.

Matt February 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM
@Annie... Drivers are not required to slow down to allow you to exit the swim club. You are required to yield to them, no matter how fast they are driving. For all the negligent drivers going too fast there are plenty who pull out onto 543 like they're in their wm little world. Half the time on 543 you end up 10 mph under the limit because drivers hit the brakes as they approach green lites.
Cindy February 22, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Thank you Anthony and BelAirMomof2! I find it a sad, sad situation that people are making judgements before the facts are heard. No matter what the circumstances may be that caused the accident (did any one think about swerving to avoid hitting an animal?), nor what the past records are of those involved, losing three children at once is a pain that I can not imagine! As the old saying goes - if you don't have something good to say about some one, then don't say anything at all. To the Bauguess family and everyone else who has been touched by this tragedy, my thoughts and prayers have been with you all day and will continue to be with you.
Cate February 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Whether they had bad driving records or not, they are not here to read this, the only people these comments will hurt are family and friends. I think they are feeling enough pain now that will last a lifetime!
trish February 22, 2012 at 04:07 AM
You No...I do no this Family...What another event they all have to to endure!!!!...people should really stand back and wait to see what really happened before they blame Phones, drugs, or speeding ...or just the plan fact that maybe it took a split second to turn your head and say!!! hey brother in the back seat I love you or sis....No one will ever really no...they where siblings...I could just imagine me trying to talk to all four of mine at the same time in a car....Just wait!!!
Tyler Hora February 22, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I couldn't have said it any better.
Bettie Sheely February 22, 2012 at 05:01 AM
public records do no show what kind of family life one has. maybe that voice of reason should stop trying to figure out what they were doing out on a work night and work on their own nosiness and passing judgement. A lot of people have records and a lot of people don't, last time I checked that really didn't play a factor in any kind of accident. I knew Ashley, not real well, but I knew her and regardless of any record, at 24 years old she has the right to be where ever she wanted to be at 10pm on a work night. Accidents happen at all times of the day and night and regardless of records 3 deaths are not chalked up to answer your obvious prudish questions. I hope you never experience any kind of this pain that this family is going through and have to hear or read things such as the things you write. Guess your being home with your family on work nights you still haven't learned etiquette or compassion. A loss is a loss regardless of ones past. Instead of figuring out fault and passing judgement why not just offer condolences and pray you never have to experience anything even close to this tragey. God Bless this family and all who have been effected by this loss and yes voice o reason God Bless you and give you the knowledge to know better then to judge
Bettie Sheely February 22, 2012 at 05:06 AM
<Applause> I responded earlier, before I read your post, and I totally agree, ones past does not constitute them being in an accident. I have seen many adults drive worse then some of the kids. We all do stupid things while driving and we have all just been lucky that something like this didnt happen to us. I dont text while driving, I have a bluetooth, but I cross the yellow line here and there (and btw I have a clean driving record) but we all do these things and think nothing of it. No one is perfect or a perfect driver, this is a tragedy and should be looked at as a lesson to be learned by all, to keep that eye on the road and be more cautious when driving regardless of records or lack there of
Natalie February 22, 2012 at 07:44 AM
I know this family and and some of their background and if you were wondering why they were not at home with their parents its because you do not know their situation and for everyone to pass judgement makes me upset. They were on the road at that time of night because they were coming from grandmoms who live maybe at the most 2 or 3 miles from the scene house headed back to fallston. This family has endured enough pain and tragedy in their life and these insensitive comments people make need to sit back and think before they speak. My prayers are with both sets of grandparents, Chuckie their dad and to thier uncles and aunts and their cousins.
sharon crowl February 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM
My sympathies to the grandparents and parents, what a horrible tragedy, I was very good friends with Sharon, Dawn and I use to hang out with her and the kids years ago.And yes they have had so many heartbreaks in their lives, RIP,David,Ashley and Joseph,you are loved and missed.
Andy Eisner February 22, 2012 at 02:11 PM
@Colin, you are 100% correct!!!! Since when does law enforcement need phones? Is every vehicle not equipped with a two way radio? I agree, it really rubs me the wrong way when I see it, and actually I see it all the time! The law is the law, and they should be held to the same standard as everyone else.
Andy Eisner February 22, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I agree Karl, cell phones are a major distraction on the road. But then again so is eating, talking, putting on make-up
Andy Eisner February 22, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Sensitive material? What are they the CIA? Scanners have been around since the 70's well before cell phones, did they use smoke signals back then? They have laptop computers mounted in their cruisers and one would believe that the info would be better sent to an email or VPN address as opposed to the open air and a personal cell phone
Andy Eisner February 22, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Amen Natalie! I agree and my condolences go the family. As a father of 4 I could never begin to imagine what loosing three of kids at one time would do to me. Most of the " haters" or "judgements callers" do the same on every article on here, this one sadly is no different. The loss of 3 young lives is a tragedy and that is all that needs to be said.
Heather February 22, 2012 at 03:48 PM
well said Natalie. I grew up with David, I knew Chuckie, Sharon and Jeff and Ashley, Joey was so little the last time I had seen them. If you could send our prayers and thoughts to them, from Heather, Michelle and Jessica, Mary's kids. May God bless them all with strength at this tragic time. My hearts go out to all their family and friends and Ashley's kids. For those who are not here to leave their condolences please do not even post, their is a family grieving and do not need to see your rude unthoughtful comments. Thank you
Mark Thomas Ward February 22, 2012 at 04:22 PM
To all the firefighters and paramedics in Harford County I thank you for your commitment to the citizens, your professionalism is noted. Thank You for being there when we need you, May God give you strength. Mark T. Ward
Laura February 22, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Amen Again to Natalie and Heather, If your not leaving condolences then just leave! For one second put yourself in their shoes, I know I never want to be there. Love, Prays, Hope and Peace to the Family and Friends of these lost young people
Karl Schuub February 22, 2012 at 05:16 PM
To all the finger waggers out there; get a life. Read through this entire thread which now amounts to dozens and dozens of posts and you find a very small reference to the driving records of the family involved. It was hardly was a smear...just cold hard fact. So when Whitney Houston died were we suddenly to forget she drugged herself for years? This is a public forum...if you're not being gratuitously negative anybody can say anything they want. Certainly sensitivity and feelings matter, but it hardly seems to me anyone here has torn into this family.
SnakeSkin February 22, 2012 at 08:30 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved!! I cant imagine how the survivors of this are handling this along with the families of the ones who lost there lives!!. 3 family members all at the same time, i cant imagine!!! Life is very precious!!! RIP!!!
Jan Biondo February 23, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Does anyone know if there is a fund set up to help the family with funeral costs? I read that David, Ashley and Joey are being cremated but still wonder if the family needs help? I realise this will not take away their pain but thought if we, the community, could help in some small way with the financial burden of burying three family members that would show them that we care and want to support them. The family has been in my thoughts and prayers ever since the tragedy occurred.
Jan Biondo February 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Thank you Natalie. I had not seen anything about this.
Jill Bracewell February 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM
What a horrific tragedy. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of these lives lost too soon. Regardless of past mistakes (which everyone makes, no one is perfect), there are 3 siblings who have died. I understand that this is a public forum for everyone to voice their personal opinions, but just for once, can't everyone just see this for what it is? A tragedy. A huge thanks to our volunteer EMS and First Responders for doing a thankless job. Your sacrifice is amazing. Remember this all you negative posters, they are the ones running into danger while the rest of us are running out.
Jan Biondo February 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Perfectly stated, Jill. Everyone makes mistakes but their families still love them. That's not what this is about. I also second your comments praising the EMS and First Responders and would add the police, too. All those who had to deal with this terrible tragedy have been affected by it. Prayers go out to all who are dealing with the loss of theses three young people and may they be granted eternal rest.
Oriole#5 February 23, 2012 at 07:07 PM
There exists in Harford County a fantastic service that provides FREE mental health services for those in need of such. It is Harford County Mobile Crisis. Many people I know have utilized the services of these professional and dedicated individuals. I hope anyone even remotely effected by this tragedy know that there are professionals out there to help.
Rob February 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Seems legit....
Jan Biondo February 24, 2012 at 03:37 AM
It IS legit. Natalie knows them and the town where the parents live has been publicised. Anyway, sending a cheque to the Bauguess Childrens Funeral Trust Fund is not going to help anyone else.
Lori Chrest February 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM
It is past the light by Bloom's Broom. People are leaving condolences at the wrong farm. It is across from the Bloom at the guard rail. My prayers and thoughts for the Mom, Dad and all family.
EDWARD WEFELMEYER February 29, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Zackery McMillen April 18, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Just fyi, one of the State Troopers on scene was a New Jersey Paramedic and he went against the responding Paramedics word when it came to calling in the Tooper for a flyout.It was not the responding paramedics fault that the Trooper was called
uh huh yea ok April 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Just FYI, It wasnt the responding paramedics fault that the Trooper was called for a flyout. One of the State Troopers on scene was a New Jersey Paramedic and he went against the word of the responder and called for the helicopter.
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