Man confesses in video to killing man-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A driver has confessed in a video posted online that he drove a car that killed another man, saying he is willing to take "full responsibility."
"My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani," 22-year-old Matthew Cordlehe said.
The 3 1/2-minute video, posted on at least two websites on Tuesday, began with Cordle's face blurred as he describes how he struggled with depression and tried to have a good time with friends going "from bar to bar" the night of the accident.
He described how he ended up driving into oncoming traffic on a highway.
Cordle's face became clear as he revealed his name and confessed to killing 61-year-old Vincent Canzani.
He said that made a mistake when he decided to drive his truck home after "drinking really heavily," and ended the video confession telling the viewers not to drink and drive.
"When I get charged I'll plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I've done to Vincent and his family," he added.
He said he understands that by releasing the video, he is giving prosecutors "everything they need to put me away for a very long time."
Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said Cordle was a suspect in the deadly crash, but hadn't been charged.
O'Brien said he saw the video on Wednesday and downloaded a copy as evidence.
He said he will 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.
Defense lawyer George Breitmayer III said the video "is a strong testament" to Cordle's character, saying the man intends to cooperate with prosecutors. (AP)