Booking Photo (02/27/2023 Daniel Angel Saliganpatricio (DOB 09/17/1998) Sentenced
Booking Photo (02/27/2023 Daniel Angel Saliganpatricio (DOB 09/17/1998) Sentenced

Daniel Angel Saliganpatricio (25) Sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in Prison for Two Counts of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter

Author: District Attorney
Date: 4/9/2024 1:55:36 PM

District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Daniel Angel Saliganpatricio has been sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in state prison for his plea of guilty to two counts of felony gross vehicular manslaughter related to the November 21, 2022, collision on Sacramento Drive in San Luis Obispo.

District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that San Luis Obispo City resident Daniel Angel Saliganpatricio (DOB 09/17/1998) has been sentenced to serve 5 years and 4 months in state prison. 

The horrific incident occurred on November 21, 2022, shortly after 5:30 p.m., when Saliganpatricio accelerated his vehicle to an estimated 61 miles per hour on Sacramento Drive in San Luis Obispo as he approached a nearly 90-degree turn. 

The turn was posted as 20 miles per hour and there was no evidence that he hit the brakes prior to the turn.  Saliganpatricio lost control and collided with pedestrians Matthew Ernest Chachere (39) and Jennifer Ann Besser (36) who were walking their dog, Buddy.  

Matt, Jenn, and Buddy were killed.  The investigation revealed that Saliganpatricio had been reading text messages immediately before the deadly collision. 

In February, Saliganpatricio pleaded guilty to all the charged counts, without any agreement on what his sentence would be.  Because there was no agreement on a sentence, the judge had wide discretion in imposing a sentence which could have ranged from a period of probation to a maximum term of 7 years and 4 months in prison.   

Superior Court Judge Michael S. Frye imposed the 5 year 4 month sentence after carefully balancing the aggravated circumstances of the collision with Saliganpatricio’s lack of criminal history and acceptance of responsibility before a trial.  

Photo of Jenn and Matt posted at a memorial at the site of the collision.


Several of Matt and Jenn’s family members provided statements to the court describing the couple as kind, thoughtful, and having a strong love for life and one another.  Jenn’s mother provided the following insight into her daughter:

“Jenn was such a bright light, not only in my life, in the lives of everyone she met, everyone she knew. She was funny, intelligent, articulate, beautiful, kind, she was a really good person. When she met Matt, I knew she had found her person. Together, they lived a big, amazing life. They had created a healthy, active lifestyle and were always doing things together. San Luis Obispo offered them so much. It was the perfect area for them so when Matt got a job in the area in Feb 2022, they were excited to begin a new chapter. It wasn't long before they had found gyms they loved, coffee houses to enjoy, good restaurants, beautiful hiking along the cliffs, dog friendly beaches for Buddy. Jenn was really excited to share everything they had found to do and see in the area when I visited. I had that opportunity in September and Jenn, Matt and I packed so much into those 10 days together. It was one of the best trips. Jenn even wrote to her friends about what a great trip it had been. I received a thank you card from her when I got back home. That was who Jenn was. She appreciated everything and made sure she expressed that.” – Pati Blevins

Matt’s mother provided the following, description of her son:

“Matt was a resilient man with great humility and a kind, loving heart. He was extremely capable and was an uplifting and inspiring role model and leader. He acted with deep moral convictions and had an uplifting strong influence on all he met, worked alongside, and played. Matt was a bright light, but never wanted to outshine others. He cared for his family, friends, team, and coworkers in genuine and significant ways. The loss of his charming smile, huge laugh, boundless sense of humor, and positive attitude will leave a deep and profound void in our hearts and lives.” – Linda Chachere

The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo Police Department and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Danielle Baker.

Here is a copy of the defendant’s booking photo.  Here is a copy of the charging document.

Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805-781-5819 with any questions.