COLUMBUS, Ohio – A driver has confessed in a video posted online that hes to blame for a wrong-way car crash stemming from a night of heavy drinking that killed another man and says hes willing to take full responsibility.
The 3 1/2 -minute video, posted on at least two websites on Tuesday, shows 22-year-old Matthew Cordle describing what led to the accident in which he killed the man three months ago.
My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani, he says somberly. This video will act as my confession.
Cordle says in the video he made a mistake when he decided to drive his truck home after drinking heavily and hit the other car, killing the 61-year-old Canzani, of suburban Columbus.
The video begins with Cordles face blurred as he describes how he has struggled with depression and was simply trying to have a good time with friends going from bar to bar the night of the accident.
He then describes how he ended up driving into oncoming traffic on a highway.
Cordles face becomes clear as he reveals his name and confesses to killing Canzani.
When I get charged Ill plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything Ive done to Vincent and his family, Cordle says.
Later, he says he understands that by releasing the video hes giving prosecutors everything they need to put me away for a very long time.
Franklin County prosecutor Ron OBrien on Thursday said Cordle was a suspect in the deadly crash but hadnt been charged. OBrien said he saw the video on Wednesday and downloaded a copy onto a CD as evidence. He said hell ask a grand jury to indict Cordle for aggravated vehicular homicide with an alcohol specification, a charge that carries a maximum of eight years in prison upon conviction.
OBrien said Cordles blood sample from the night of the crash tested positive for alcohol and negative for drugs.
Defense attorney George Breitmayer III said the video is a strong testament to Cordles character. He said Cordle intends to cooperate with prosecutors.
Cordle ends the video confession by begging viewers to not drink and drive.