An Ohio man who made the choice to drive while drunk, causing a fatal crash, posted his confession on YouTube. Now, 22-year-old Matthew Cordle has been arrested on charges of vehicular homicide, reports The Associated Press on Sept. 9.
On June 22, Cordle was drinking with friends at a Columbus bar. Intoxicated, he attempted to drive home, but ended up driving the wrong way into oncoming traffic on Interstate 670. Cordle struck and killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani.
Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Cordle was a suspect in the deadly crash but hadn’t been charged. The video confession changed that. O’Brien plans to ask for an aggravated vehicular homicide indictment – a charge that carries an 8-year prison term.
The video opens with Cordle being skewed; his face comes into focus about halfway through the 3 1/2-minute video that was posted last week.
“My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani,” he says solemnly. “This video will act as my confession.”
In the video, Cordle discusses his battles with depression and what led him to drive his truck home after “drinking really heavily” as he went “from bar to bar” the night of the accident.
“When I get charged I’ll plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I’ve done to Vincent and his family,” Cordle says.
By releasing the video confession, Cordle says he is giving prosecutors “everything they need to put me away for a very long time.”
Cordle, whose blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, ends his confession by “begging” viewers not to make the same mistake he did.
“I can’t bring Mr. Canzani back, and I can’t erase what I’ve done, but you can still be saved. Your victims can still be saved. So, please,” Cordle says before a message appears on the darkened screen: “make the promise to never drink and drive.”
Franklin County’s Defense Attorney George Breitmayer III called the video “a strong testament” to Cordle’s character. The DA said he expects “full cooperation” from Cordle as this matter is handled. Cordle is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.
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