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. He commonly posted photos and videos of first responders at the scene of natural disasters and other emergencies.
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.