ATASCADERO — Authorities in Atascadero have released the name of the victim in the fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian collision last week on El Camino Real. Atascadero resident Joel Chelster (79) was identified as the pedestrian involved in the fatal collision.

Last week, the Atascadero Police Department and Atascadero Emergency Services responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision that occurred just south of the Vons store on El Camino Real. The incident took place before 2 p.m. and resulted in the fatality of the pedestrian involved.

Chesler attempted to cross El Camino Real from the west side towards Vons when he was struck by a passing vehicle. Emergency responders arrived promptly at the scene, immediately treating the injured pedestrian. However, despite their efforts, the pedestrian’s injuries proved to be life-threatening, and he tragically succumbed to them while en route to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.


The Atascadero Police Department extends their condolences to the Chesler family during this difficult time.