SLO Stringer killed in early-morning crash, reports say
–30-year-old Matthew Frank, who operated the popular Facebook news page SLO Stringer, has been identified as the deceased person in an early-morning car crash near the Cuesta Grade. Reports say that Frank was on his way to cover a house fire in Atascadero.
At about 3:50 a.m., Frank was driving his blue 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe north on Highway 101 south of Santa Margarita when he reportedly traveled off the road to the right shoulder and went down a grassy embankment toward a tree. The car then rolled and crashed into a tree, landed on its wheels and caught fire. Frank was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cal Fire issued a statement about Frank:
“CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire is saddened to discover that the life lost in the early morning vehicle accident on Highway 101 near the Highway 58 off ramp was that of Matthew Frank. Mr. Frank enjoyed anonymity while reporting from behind the scenes as SLO Stringer. He was quite often the first reporter with breaking news around the county, providing details and pictures. He was an advocate for public safety with a great deal of respect for the jobs performed by our firefighters and police officers. We send our condolences to Mr. Frank’s family and friends. His services to the residents of San Luis Obispo County and the media will be greatly missed.”
No further information is available at this time.