Prosecutor: Man Confesses To Driving Drunk And Causing Deadly Crash

Prosecutor: Man Confesses To Driving Drunk And Causing Deadly Crash
Driver From Online Confession Video Expected To Plead Guilty In Court Appearance

The Franklin County Prosecutor said a Columbus man admitted in an online video to hitting and killing a man while driving drunk.

Matthew Cordle confessed through the website

Cordle has not been charged in the case wrong-way driving crash that killed Vincent Canzani on June 22.

Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says Cordle's confession accelerates the case against him.

In the video, Cordle admits to driving drunk and hitting Canzani's vehicle.

"My name is Matthew Cordle. On June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani," Cordle says in the video. "This video will act as my confession."

Cordle says he was driving drunk on the wrong side of the highway when he hit Canzani on interstate 670 near Neil Avenue.

Watch the raw video confession here. 

"I won't dishonor Vincent's memory by lying about what happened," Cordle said. "I'm handing the prosecution everything they need to put me away for a very long time."
Cordle had a blunt message for others in his confession.

"I'm begging you please don't drink and drive," Cordle said.

O'Brien said he's never seen a taped confession before charges were even filed.

"Boy, I've never seen one like this before. I would tell you that," O'Brien said. "It was a compelling piece of video."

O'Brien said charges could be filed within the week.

Cordle's lawyer, George Breitmayer, said he was not aware that the video had been released.

"The video he released is a testament to both his integrity and his character and I know that he intends to fully cooperate throughout the tenancy of all these proceedings," Breitmayer said.    

Alex Sheen created the website where Cordle chose to post his confession.

"What he did cannot be reversed or made up for, but he wanted to do something to put good back into the world," Sheen said.

Sheen believe Cordle's message should be praised for his message about not drinking and driving.
"I think that this message can impact others like that," Cordle said.

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