Man Explains Mission Of Website Used For Crash Confession
A man awaits in his day in court after admitting to driving drunk and killing a man during a wrong-way crash.
Matthew Cordle was indicted on vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influences charges charges Monday.
Cordle made his confession on a website called "Because I Said I Would."
The video grabbed worldwide attention.
The founder of that website, a Powell resident, said he was surprised when Cordle reached out to him.
"He just sent me a Facebook message and I was just kind of stopped in my tracks," creator Alex Sheen said.
Sheen said he created "Because I Said I Would" as a social movement to get people to make and keep promises.
"It started on September 4, 2012, when my father died of small cell lung cancer," said Sheen. "He was good with his promises and I wanted to remember that."
Sheen started handing out cards simply saying "because I said I would". People write down their promises and post them to the site. His Facebook page has more than 29,000 likes.
Sheen quit his job in March, dedicating his time to the movement.
He takes no salary, using money from speaking engagements to keep it going.
Some promises are small or funny.
"One guy said, I'll stop watching cops," said Sheen.
Cordle's took the mission to another level.
"For me to get involved with them directly, certainly this is the most serious," Cordle said.
Cordle's reason for owning up to his actions struck a chord with Sheen, the reason he helped get the video made.
"I'm begging you please don't drink and drive," said Cordle in the video.
Sheen made the promise to never do it again and hopes that spreads.
"I think this message can impact others in that way," said Sheen.
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