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SLOStringer killed in early morning Highway 101 crash, family confirms

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Matthew Frank (Facebook) Matthew Frank (Facebook)

Matthew Frank, best known in the community as SLOStringer, died Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 101, his mother confirmed to KSBY News. 

The crash happened shortly before 4:00 a.m. on the northbound side of the highway near the Highway 58 off-ramp to Santa Margarita.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash but says the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe went off the right shoulder of the road and rolled before hitting a tree and catching fire. CHP adds it was raining at the time of the crash. Frank, 30, died at the scene. 

Frank's SLOStringer Facebook page highlighted the work being done by local law enforcement and firefighters.

His mother said he was on his way to cover a structure fire in Atascadero Tuesday morning.

"Matthew was doing what he loved. He was our everything, our only son, we will miss him," she said.

Frank commonly posted photos and videos of first responders at the scene of natural disasters and other emergencies. On Tuesday, local firefighters remembered the impact he had on their profession.

“It was his passion. He loved doing it. The troops out there really liked interacting with Matt out there. They enjoyed his company. They liked his reporting," said Chief Steve Spinharney of CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo.

Morro Bay Fire Chief Steve Knuckles said he just met with Frank on Monday when he dropped off some of his SLOStringer photographs of fire crews.

“He was humble, he was polite, he was genuine every time I met him or talked to him. I asked him why he was doing this and he said, 'I see a need,'" Knuckles said.

“I and my crews had been out all night long, the next morning everyone was spent and were rolling hose heading back in service, he shows up with breakfast burritos for everybody. (He was) so uncharacteristically kind, actually characteristic of who he was," added Chief Garret Olson of the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department.

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