SLOStringer killed in Santa Margarita crash

March 21, 2017

Matthew Frank

A 30-year-old man, known as SLOStringer, was killed Tuesday morning in a rollover accident on Highway 101 near the Santa Margarita exit.

Matthew Frank covered the work of local firefighters and law enforcement officers on SLOStringer Facebook. Frank would inform the public of accidents and fires throughout San Luis Obispo County, often with extraordinary photos and videos.

Shortly before 4 a.m., Frank was headed northbound on Highway 101 near the Santa Margarita exit when he drove off the highway and down an embankment. Frank’s Chevrolet Tahoe then rolled, crashed into a tree and burst into flames, according to the CHP.

Frank was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local firefighters, whom Frank often highlighted on Facebook, have sent their condolences to Frank’s family and friends.

“CAL FIRE and 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,” the press release says. “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. His services to the residents of San Luis Obispo County and the media will be greatly missed.”


Such a tragic loss. My condolences to his family. He provided an angle of news that no one else ever could. And, doing so anonymously. How many of us wondered who the man behind the news really was? RIP Matthew, you will be missed by many.

Jorge Estrada

A parent’s worst nightmare, the loss of their child.


Their only child! Thank you, Matthew, for your contributions of reporting news and updates and condolences to the Frank family for the loss of their beloved son.


Terrible and tragic loss.

Do we know if this was a sleep-at-the-wheel or medical emergency type of accident?


It is also possible he swerved to avoid an animal (deer or bear), another driver cut him off or possibly he was messing with his phone or scanner and not paying attention and drifted off the road, although that section of road is pretty straight.

It is a very sad loss of life.


Oh man, Mr. Frank was a community asset. He and his work will be missed. Condolences to his family and friends


condolence to the family


I appreciated his photos and reporting. Tragic loss to the community.


Matt Frank’s passing is a huge loss to our local community. He was really the only local news source that could keep us truly informed about important, breaking news. He did it right.

RIP SLOStringer. My condolences to your loved ones.


He was in a league of his own. Literally was THE competition for much larger and better-equipped news agencies around here.


This is an absolutely tragic loss.

Condolences to the family.


This is just devastating. Matt was a personal friend. Family, friends, and our entire community just lost an incredible part of our lives. We all joked with Matt about his incredible involvement and doings within the community and how it was so typically off the radar and out of the limelight. He was truly our Batman. Gonna miss you dearly, brother.