Grover Beach police identify victim in fatal crash

February 23, 2023

Pedestrian killed in crash in Grover Beach


The Grover Beach Police Department has identified the woman hit and killed by a car while walking in Grover Beach last month as 46-year-old Tiffany Conway of San Luis Obispo.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Jan. 11, Kristen Ghiglia, 37, of SLO was driving eastbound on Grand Avenue when she struck Conway in a marked crosswalk. Emergency personnel transported Conway to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Ghiglia remained at the scene. Officers later determined she was speeding when she crashed into Conway.

Following their investigation, investigators asked the SLO County District Attorney’s Office to charge Ghiglia with vehicular manslaughter, speeding and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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We’re a Vehicle driven society. We LOVE that we’re not crammed in like Brooklyn New York or any of the European cities. That means we rarely walk anywhere. We drive to the hills to hike, drive to the fitness center to use the treadmill and drive to the beach to lay in the sun. Drive Drive Drive. When I was a kid, we played sports in the street and as soon as someone saw a vehicle, we yelled out “CAR!” to warn our species of impending doom. Now pedestrians are so rare, it catches us off guard. Last year driving through Templeton I heard someone yelling and I stopped mid street because i was completely startled. 3 people were crossing the street in the dark wearing all dark clothing. My taillights on my car illuminated their faces. I said “I couldn’t see you. You’re dressed in black” The male said “I needed to watch where I was going” He’s right. BUT, I was but, I’m not superman. My vision is standard. We’re just not used to people crossing streets on foot. and, when I do cross the street I DO try to make eye contact with the drivers.

Grand Avene is not LeMans or the Indianapolis 500. Traffic crashes can be aoided by not driving at excessive speed for conditions and not exceeding the posted speed limits. Yesterday, some morally-insane driver kept blowing his horn behind me because I refused to run a red light at an intersection with heavy cross traffic.

I can’t speak on the suspect’s mindset but people are in too much of a damn hurry nowadays! Drivers consistently disregard pedestrians at crosswalks and blow right past them. Folks need to SLOW down and yield for pedestrians.