CHP identifies Arroyo Grande man killed in crash

August 3, 2022


The CHP has identified the bicyclist who died following a collision with a fire truck in Grover Beach last week as 29-year-old Dylan Tyler Smith of Arroyo Grande.

At approximately 10:19 p.m. on July 27, Joe Farnsworth, 39, was driving a fire truck on 13th Street when he pulled into the Trouville Avenue intersection in a lane without a stop sign. At the same time, Smith was riding an electric bike on Trouville Avenue, where there is a stop sign.

Smith rode into the path of the fire truck. The right front of the truck hit the left side of the bike, ejecting Smith onto the roadway.

The fire personnel who were inside the truck provided medical aid to Smith. Responders transported Smith to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

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I am so sorry for all involved. I almost hit a young girl a couple of years ago on an electric bicycle at an intersection in slo. She was traveling much faster than I estimated as I thought it was a regular bicycle. Fortunately both of us stopped and no injury or damages to either. Scared me and her. I’m even more cautious now than I used to be regarding bicycles. Those electric bicycles can go 35 mph or even faster and they are in the bike lanes mostly. Be careful out there motorists!

Fire trucks weigh approximately 38,000 to 60,000 pounds… Very difficult to stop that much weight quickly. Probably going less than 30mph but again, that weight :/